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Trumpeting Civil Gideon:
An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Despite precedents grounded in English common law, the Magna Carta, and contemporary European human rights law, the right to counsel in civil cases has yet to be fully established in American law.  While many challenges to implementing such a right remain, the costs of its absence, to both litigants and the justice system, argue powerfully in its favor.
By Mary Deutsch Schneider

Mining Unexplored Riches:
Litigating State Constitutional Claims

State constitutional claims have since the 1970s afforded counsel an alternative means to seek protection for rights not found or not as well protected under the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Minnesota’s Supreme Court has followed its own path in this respect, and counsel can benefit from becoming familiar with its state constitutional jurisprudence.
By David A. Schultz



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