I got this today from the Brennan Center. Although this coalition seems to be in the incipient-lobbying for legislation stage, its web site offers at the least some encouragement for those of us who can’t afford to retain a lawyer.
The National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel Launches New Website
The National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) has recently launched a new website. The NCCRC is a coalition of organizations and individuals who advocate for accessible and affordable civil counsel for all. The coalition has worked in several states to introduce legislation and pilot programs expanding the right to counsel in civil cases. The redesigned website includes a number of features; an interactive map highlighting civil counsel developments in individual states, a comprehensive bibliography that lists a number of helpful resources, including law review articles, reports, and news stories, as well as case oral arguments, debates, speeches, and public hearings. The NCCRC website can be found here.