WHY WE NEED A RIGHT TO COUNSEL IN CIVIL

Date

October 3, 2013 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

WHY WE NEED A RIGHT TO COUNSEL
IN CIVIL MATTERS WHERE BASIC HUMAN NEEDS ARE AT STAKE

When: October 3, 2013
Where: Room 303
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the US Supreme Court's decision in Gideon v. Wainright, in which the Court established the right to representation by an attorney, at government expense, for people who cannot afford to pay for counsel. The court found
that it was an "obvious truth" that a criminal defendant cannot have a fair trial unless counsel is appointed. Find out why it is an equally obvious truth that there should be a right to counsel for low-income people who face court cases that may result in orders evicting them from their homes, denying them custody of their children and affecting other basic human needs.

The broadcasted program will include:
" New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman,
" N.Y. State Bar Assoc. President David Schraver, and
" A live panel discussion of experts, including:
o Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the NYC Courts and Director of the
NY State Courts Access to Justice Program
o Bryan Hetherington, Chief Counsel, Empire Justice Center
o Martha Davis, Professor, Northeastern University Law School
o John Pollock, Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
o Andrew Scherer (moderator), author, Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in NY and Senior Fellow,
Furman Center at NYU Law School

Location

Cardozo School of Law Room 303

Event type

Screening