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Pennsylvania Articles


To learn more about the funding cuts to civil legal services in Pennsylvania, click here to read an article written by Gerald McHugh and James DeAngelo, entitled Cuts to legal aid harm the justice system.

  • An article entitled, “Filling Gideon’s Empty Chair,” written by Michael J. Carroll and Louis S. Rulli, published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, Winter 2011 edition, is available here.
  • On November 19, 2010, the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program was highlighted at White House event. Click here to read an article about the event in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and here for more information.
  • The 2010 Goals of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Task Force are set forth in a recent article entitled, “Task Force Looks at Benefits of Civil Gideon,” published in the March 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, which is available here.
  • An article entitled, “Chancellor’s Forum on Civil Gideon,” written by Albert S. Dandridge, III, co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon Education and Communications Working Group, published in the August 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, is available here.
  • An article entitled, “Civil Gideon: Should the State Provide Counsel to Indigent Litigants in Civil Lawsuits?” written by The Legal Intelligencer Young Lawyer Editorial Board on July 8, 2010, is available here.
  • An article entitled, “Phila. Efforts for ‘Civil Gideon’ Focused on Pilot Projects,” written by Amaris Elliott-Engel, published on July 7, 2010, by The Legal Intelligencer, is available here.
  • An article entitled, “Civil Gideon Examined at July 7 Forum,” written by Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon Task Force, published in the July 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, is available here.
  • An article that describes the 2010 goals of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon Task Force entitled “Task Force Looks at Benefits of Civil Gideon,” published in the March 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, is available here.
  • An article about the right to counsel in civil cases where basic human needs are at stake is available in the May/June 2010 issue of the Pennsylvania Lawyer is available here.
  • An article entitled “Help for Struggling Homeowners,” which describes the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Division Program, written by Peter S. Goodman, was published in Parade on May 2, 2010, and is available here.
  • See also “Philadelphia Gives Homeowners a Way to Stay Put,” an article that appeared in the The New York Times on November 18, 2009, which is available here.
  • An article entitled “Civil Gideon Movement Looks to Expand Right to Publicly Provided Legal Counsel,” written by Amaris Elliott-Englel, was published in The Legal Intelligencer on April 15, 2008, is available here.

Other News Articles


  • For recent articles on the civil right to counsel, visit the National Coalition for Civil Right to Counsel web site, which is available here.
  • An article written by USC law professor Clare Pastore, entitled “Rescuing Legal Aid,” appeared in The Los Angeles Times on February 23, 2010, which discusses the increased need for a civil right to counsel in the current economic climate, is available here.
  • An article published in The New York Times on January 1, 2010, entitled “A Nation of Do-It-Yourself Lawyers,” written by John T. Broderick Jr., Chief Justice of New Hampshire, and Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of California, is available here.
  • An article published by The Wall Street Journal on October 27, 2009, entitled ‘Civil Gideon’ Trumpets Legal Discord, which is available at discusses the new California Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, is available here.
  • An article published by, The Los Angeles Times published on October 17, 2009, entitled “California gives the poor a new legal right,” written by Carol J. Williams, is available here.