The “civil Gideon” movement presses on.
The Artigas family was facing eviction because they had brought their granddaughter – aged 12 – into their home – an illegal tenancy the landlord said. The child’s mother had died in an auto accident. They couldn’t afford a lawyer.
A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates – NYTimes.com
By ERIK ECKHOLM and IAN LOVETT
But the Artigas were lucky. They traveled to the nearby county courthouse and joined the tense line that gathers most mornings outside the Eviction Assistance Center, a legal aid office in the same building as the housing court.