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You have the right to a lawyer, right? Wrong.

10/24/2013

Panel discussion @ University of Baltimore School of Law
Thursday, October 24, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Sponsored by the Public Justice Center
 
If you are charged with any sort of crime and risk going to jail, you have the right to a lawyer, thanks to the Gideon v. Wainwright decision that celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. But what if you are at risk of losing your house or custody of your kids? Or you are trying to protect your job or access to health care? Do you have the right to an attorney to represent you in these serious civil matters? Unlike in many other countries, in the United States the answer is no, for the most part. Join the Public Justice Center, the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, and other leading advocates to learn about the movement to establish this new right in the United States. What difference does a lawyer really make? How much would it cost?  And is it better to establish this right through the courts or legislatures?
 
More information: Jennifer Pelton peltonj@publicjustice.org; (410) 400-6953