Through litigation and legislation, a growing number of private and public interest lawyers are pushing to secure those with low incomes the right to counsel in civil matters, including foreclosures, evictions and child custody cases. Legal aid groups are under-funded and overworked, they argue, and pro bono services aren't enough to fill the gap for the millions who go unrepresented. Opponents argue that giving people free attorneys will trigger more meritless claims and waste taxpayer money.
Suits, Legislation Over a Civil Right to Counsel Grow Across U.S.
The National Law Journal
September 19, 2008