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Ten Years In and Picking Up Steam

A Retrospective on the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel

By Mary Deutsch Schneider & John Pollock

On the fiftieth anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright efforts are growing to realize a right to counsel not just in criminal cases but also, for low-income people, in civil cases affecting basic human needs. In its ten years of advocacy the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel has drawn attention to the impact of the lack of the right and has helped advocates around the country strategize about how to achieve the right in their states.

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