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Albert S. Dandridge III of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Albert S. Dandridge III of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.

 At its mid-year meeting in February, the American Bar Association adopted Resolution 114, an important right-to-counsel measure intended to ensure that counsel will be provided as a matter of right to low-income persons in all proceedings that may result in a loss of physical liberty. The resolution was adopted basically unopposed. The ABA addressed a perceived gap in its existing policy on the right to counsel in civil cases. In 2006, the ABA adopted Resolution 112A calling upon federal and state governments to provide counsel for low-income individuals at public expense when basic human needs are at stake. The resolution suggested five areas of need—shelter, sustenance, safety, health and child custody—but recommended that each jurisdiction determine the basic human needs requiring counsel.

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