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Cyrus Dugger

Massachusetts Bar Association Endorses Civil Gideon

RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts Bar Association urges the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide legal counsel as a matter of right at public expense to low income persons in those categories of judicial proceedings where basic human needs are at stake, such as those involving shelter, sustenance, safety, health, or child custody, as defined in Resolution 112A of the American Bar Association.

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Did the MBA suggest how this is to be funded? We have a hard time getting legal assistance in our Department of Children's Services cases and such a measure would be wonderful. I imagine, that as in many issues, economics will be the rate limiting factor to move forward on this. In our state professional taxes have again reared their head as a proposed funding source.

Posted by: chris | May 25, 2007 8:46 AM