September 14, 2010
Civil Gideon Corner Launched
The Philadelphia Bar Association has launched Civil Gideon Corner, a resource where attorneys can learn more about expanding the right to counsel for low-income people in civil cases were basic human needs are at stake.
"Using this technology portal will allow us to keep members updated on the Association's progress," said Chancellor Scott F. Cooper. "It will also serve as a resource for attorneys who want to know more about civil Gideon and how they can get involved."
In 2009, Chancellor Sayde Ladov formed the Bar Association's Civil Gideon Task Force. The mission of the Task Force is to investigate and consider all aspects of an effective system of civil Gideon in Philadelphia, including the development of concrete and practicable proposals to advance the implementation of a civil right to counsel in those areas of adversarial civil proceedings where basic human needs are at stake. In a resolution adopted by the Board of Governors in April 2009, the Task Force was charged with examining civil Gideon efforts underway in other states, developing strategies for implementing civil Gideon in Philadelphia and making recommendations in two areas of basic need: cases involving the loss of shelter and child custody.
In November of 2009, the Association's Board of Governors adopted the Task Force's Preliminary Report, Findings and Recommendations, which endorsed the development of pilot projects in eviction and mortgage foreclosure defense and custody cases as well as the development of an education and communications plan to inform the legal and public community about the critical need to expand the right to counsel for low-income people faced with the threatened loss of these basic needs. These resources have been developed to further the mission of the Task Force to educate the legal and public community about the need for civil Gideon in these critical matters.
Civil Gideon Corner includes a history of the Task Force, a list of the members, relevant Bar Association resolutions, the Task Force’s Preliminary Report, Findings and Recommendations, information about the current civil right to counsel in Pennsylvania, articles, special programs, other resources and studies.
Click here to visit Civil Gideon Corner.