Access to Lawyers & Civil Rights
From the ACS Blog:
The State of the SCOTUS Term--Part III: Access to Justice
Ed’s Note: This is the third part of ACSBlog’s series on the Supreme Court cases awaiting decision this Term. Previous installments of this series are available here and here.
Access to Lawyers
Under federal law, a prevailing plaintiff may collect fees for their attorney from the defendant in certain civil rights claims. According to a unanimous Supreme Court in Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises this rule allows Congress to ensure the enforcement of laws it views as especially important, even when a potential plaintiff lacks the money to hire an attorney. In the Court’s own words, when a civil rights plaintiff seeks an injunction (keep reading)