The New York Times is reporting today that New York’s chief judge is calling for a new guarantee of a lawyer for poor people in civil cases, urging the state to expand the right to representation for the indigent. The full article is available here.
In making such a suggestion, the Judge is following California's pilot program to provide lawyers for indigent clients in civil cases. See my posts on October 13 and October 27 2009. Also, here is a link to a podcast of a discussion on this issue. (Note that the first few seconds of the podcast are the end of a previous segment; keep listening for the beginning of the segment on "civil Gideon.")