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20 Years of Progress: The NCCRC and the Expansion of the Civil Right to Counsel

Join us for this popular series! Justice for Breakfast. Images of coffee cup, books, gavel, and statue of woman holding scales of justice.

Justice for Breakfast discussion series

WHEN: January 26, 2023, 9 am – 10:30 am EST

WHERE: By Zoom and in person at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, 120 E. Baltimore Street, Suite 2500, Baltimore, MD 21202

RSVP: Please RSVP to our Development Associate, Becky Reynolds, at or (410) 625-9409 x226. When you RSVP, please indicate whether you want to join via Zoom or in person. RSVP for in-person attendance today as we have limited seating!

In 2003, the Public Justice Center – along with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID), and the Brennan Center for Justice – recognized a growing interest in coordinated state and local civil right to counsel advocacy across the country. As a result, they founded the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) to research and support state and local efforts to advance a right to an attorney for low-income individuals facing civil cases where basic human needs are at stake. In the last 20 years, the NCCRC became one of PJC’s core projects, housing the nation’s largest clearinghouse of civil right to counsel research and hosting a network of 600+ partners and participants across 45 states.

The NCCRC is a vital resource for advocates seeking to expand the right to counsel in civil cases involving shelter, sustenance, safety, health, child custody, and more. At this Justice for Breakfast, you’ll hear from NCCRC staff about the project’s role in advancing the civil right to counsel. We’ll cover what the right to counsel is, debunk myths, and explain why it’s a critical intervention. We’ll explore the shifting civil right to counsel landscape and significant developments that the NCCRC led or supported. Finally, we’ll discuss the movement for a right to counsel for tenants in eviction cases, where tenants have led a solid, swift campaign to move this key tenant protection from non-existent to a reality in 18 jurisdictions (and a strong possibility in many others). We hope you can join us! Check out our website,, for more.