The State Bar of Michigan will present this special program. The right to counsel in civil matters continues to be a topic for national discussion. Currently a few jurisdictions are experimenting with providing representation to indigent civil litigants in certain cases. This program will provide information about these projects and discuss the landscape in Michigan as it relates to representation of those without the resources to afford legal assistance in civil matters. A 14th Amendment right to counsel for the indigent in criminal matters was established in 1963 under in Gideon v. Wainwright. There is no similar protection for civil litigants.
John Pollock, coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, Public Justice Center
- Joan Glanton Howard, chief counsel, Legal Aid & Defender Association Civil Law Group
- Dawn Van Hoek, director, State Appellate Defender Office
- David Moss, clinical education director, Wayne State University Law School
- Angela Tripp, co-managing attorney, Michigan Poverty Law Program; project manager, Michigan Legal Help Program