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ABA Civil Right to Counsel Fellow, John Pollock, Participates in Access to Justice Conference

June 15, 2009: On May 30, 2009, John participated in an Access to Justice Conference in Yakima, WA.  He sat on a panel entitled "How Does the Right to Counsel Movement Promote Health and Economic Justice?" and specifically focused on "traditional and non-traditional strategies for working with tenants/homeowners facing housing loss in diverse situations.


John's presentation was in three parts: 1) an overview of the right to counsel in civil cases generally and housing in specific; 2) detailed examples of how counsel makes a significant difference in housing cases (particularly in discrimination and habitability cases), and the serious problems the absence of counsel creates; and 3) examples of the ways that partnerships and alliances can be formed in housing cases that help to address with serious housing problems.


There was good attendance for the panel and some lively discussion about pros and cons of the civil right to counsel.


John Pollock is working at the Public Justice Center as an ABA Civil Right to Counsel Fellow to further the work of the Civil Right to Counsel Leadership and Support Initiative and the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.

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