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Access to Justice in the U.S.: The Human Rights Case for a Right to Counsel in Civil Legal Matters

Start/End Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall Room 105

Millions of poor and low-income people go unrepresented when facing loss of child custody, deportation, workplace discrimination, termination of subsistence income and medical assistance, eviction, foreclosure, and even loss of liberty. Although the Supreme Court has affirmed a Constitutional right to counsel in criminal cases, there is no similar right in most civil cases. A team of students in the Human Rights Clinic has been considering this crises of unmet legal needs through a human rights lens. Join us for a discussion of the causes and consequences of this justice gap and how it may be remedied.