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Ethics in Legal Services

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Date Published

September 22, 2015


Mecklenburg County Bar


Ethics, State Bar & Court Updates


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“Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the façade of the Supreme Court building, it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society.... [I]t is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status."" - Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell

Access to justice is becoming more difficult, more expensive, and less available. Over 50 years ago, the Supreme Court declared in Gideon v. Wainwright that there is a constitutional right to an attorney in criminal cases and that the State must provide the attorney if the defendant cannot afford counsel. But there is no comparable right to an attorney in civil cases. Today there are significant concerns about access to effective legal counsel, especially for citizens least able to afford it. Those concerns include whether the poor are unjustly burdened with unreasonable bail and court fees, pressured to plead guilty even when they’re innocent, and often represented by inexperienced, poorly compensated or overworked public defenders. In civil cases, many parties cannot afford counsel. The attorneys on this panel will address these and related concerns, based on their extensive experience and knowledge. Hosted by the Vann Center for Ethics, co-sponsored by the Mecklenburg County Bar and by Pre-Law and Amnesty International student groups, and funded by the Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation. The views and opinions are not necessarily those of the 26th Judicial District Bar.

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Hon. Calvin Murphy

Henderson Hill

Ted Fillette

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Ethics in Legal Services (NCSB# 66) - Video
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