Thursday, October 12, 2006

WSBA to Be Amicus to Ms. King?

WSBA's Amicus Curiae Brief Committee is considering a request for WSBA to appear as amicus in a case pending in Division I. Notice.

At issue in the case, In re Marriage of King, is whether Ms. King had a right to be represented by legal counsel at the trial at which she lost primary residential care of and decision-making power over the children she had with her former husband. (A right to counsel in civil cases is often known as "civil Gideon," since it would extend Gideon v. Wainwright right to counsel in criminal cases to civil contexts.)

Comments -- welcome from any person or group -- are due to the committee by Nov. 7.

Update: This was on the Board of Governors' agenda for its Dec. 8-9 meeting.

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