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A right to counsel in critical civil cases and the role of the private bar

July 2014, Maryland Bar Journal
By Ward B. Coe, III and Debra Gardner
On August 7, 2006, at the urging of its then-President Michael Greco, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates unanimously resolved:
The American Bar Association urges federal, state, and territorial governments to provide legal counsel as a matter of right at public expense to low income persons in those categories of adversarial proceedings where basic human needs are at stake, such as those involving shelter, sustenance, safety, health or child custody, as determined by each jurisdiction.
American Bar Association Task Force on Access to Civil Justice, ABA Resolution on Right to Counsel, 15 TEMP. POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 508 (2006) (ABA Resolution). The author was proud to be present at such a historic event and prouder still of the Maryland delegation that was part of that unanimous vote. However proud she was, though, she was not surprised because three years earlier the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) itself had spoken eloquently on the subject. But I am getting ahead of myself.

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