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Are Lawyers Necessary in all Cases?
Last Featured: 7/17/2006

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The Constitution mandates that all persons accused of a crime have a right to an attorney. If you can’t afford one, a lawyer will be appointed for you. But if you are in a car accident, need to declare bankruptcy or are a victim of discrimination, you have no right to an attorney even though your job, family, home or life savings may be on the line. Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we ask: Should all Americans have a right to an attorney when they are sued or when they want to file a lawsuit of their own? And if you don’t have a lawyer, can you really get justice?

Interview with Deborah Rhode
Host Margot Adler speaks with law professor Deborah Rhode about the historic Gideon v. Wainright Supreme Court decision and efforts to extend its protection of citizens' right to legal representation to civil cases.

Deborah Rhode is Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford University Law School. A faculty member since 1979, she is currently the director of the Stanford Center on Ethics. She has been a senior counsel to minority members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee and a cooperating attorney for the ACLU. She has also taught at Harvard, Columbia and Yale law schools. Rhode is the author of In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession.

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Report from Los Angeles
Reporter Robin Urevich visits a Los Angeles coffee bar where legal self-help service is dispensed with the mocha latté.

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Debate on the Issue
Legal aid proponent Daniel Greenberg engages industry advocate Martin Kaufman in a debate on providing government-funded lawyers to defendants and plaintiffs in civil actions.

Daniel L. Greenberg oversees the pro bono program at Schulte Roth and Zabel, LLC in New York City. He was formerly the president and attorney-in-chief for Legal Aid Society, the country’s oldest and largest provider of legal services to the poor. Greenberg has also been a distinguished visitor at New York University School of Law and director of clinical programs at Harvard Law School.

Martin S. Kaufman is senior vice president and general counsel of the Atlantic Legal Foundation, which advocates the principles of free enterprise, the rights of individuals and limited government. Kaufman was formerly in private law practice, where he practiced commercial and civil litigation involving antitrust, securities, and energy issues. He has also served as deputy assistant general counsel for international trade and emergency preparedness for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Gideon v. Wainright Supreme Court decision establishing a right to representation by an attorney in a criminal case.
Poverty Law Center (PDF)
Civil Gideon: If Not Why Not? - Washington State Bar Association (MS Word Doc)
Brennan Center for Justice
Public Justice Center
Civil Gideon: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed - Calvert Institute for Policy Research
The Right to Counsel in Civil Cases - National Legal Aid and Defender Association (PDF)
Self-Help Legal Center - Southern Illinois University
Dude, What Are My Rights? the Self-help Legal Survival Guide for Ages 18-25
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How to Find the Best Lawyers: And Save over 50% on Legal Fees (Don't-Do-It-Yourself Legal Self-Help Books)
by John Roesler
Settle It Yourself: Who Needs a Lawyer
by Fred Benjamin, Dorothea Kaplan
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