Discussion focuses on the right to counsel


 The State Bar of Michigan Equal Access Initiative, in conjunction with Wayne State University Law School, recently presented a panel discussion called “Right to Counsel: National Update, Michigan Perspectives.” Taking part in the program at Wayne Law’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium were (left to right) Joan Howard, chief counsel, Legal Aid &?Defender Association’s Civil Law Group; Gregory Conyers, State Bar of Michigan’s director of diversity; featured panelist John Pollock, coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, Public Justice Center; Maya Watson of Bodman PLC; and Angela Tripp, co-managing attorney, Michigan Poverty Law Program, and project manager, Michigan Legal Help Program. Organizers of the event say the right to counsel in civil matters continues to be a topic for national discussion. Currently a few jurisdictions are experimenting with providing representation to indigent civil litigants in certain cases. This program provided information about the projects and discussed the landscape in Michigan as it related to representation of those without the resources to afford legal assistance in civil matters.

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