Custody and Divorce - Cases

  1. Flores v. Flores, 598 P.2d 893 (Alaska 1979).

  2. Frase v. Barnhart, 840 A.2d 114 (Md. 2003).

    1. Briefs of Frase v. Barnhart parties and amici:


      Appellan's Brief
      Appelle's Brief
      Appellant's Reply Brief
      MD Legal Aid Amicus Brief
      MD Legal Services Corporation Amicus Brief
      MD State Bar Association Amicus Brief
      UBaltimore Family Law Clinic Amicus Brief

    2. Equal Justice Magazine, Civil Gideon Sidestepped (Winter 2004), available at

    3. Lawrence Hurley, Court of Appeals To Hear Claim of Right to Counsel in Child Custody Matter, The Daily Record (July 11, 2003), available at

    4. Ann W. Parks, Top Court Hears Argument in 'Civil Gideon' Case, The Daily Record (Oct. 8, 2003).

    5. C. Fraser Smith, Deborah's Trumpet, Baltimore Sun (Oct. 12, 2003), available at

  3. Gordanier v. Jonsson (Office of Public Advocacy v. Alaska Court System), No. 3AN-06-8887-CI (Alaska Super. Ct. 2007).

    1. The documents from the lower court proceeding are on file with the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.

      Docs from OPS v. ACS (appeal of Gordanier to the Alaska Supreme Court):

      Appellant's brief

      Appellant's statement of points on appeal

      Appellee Johnsson brief

      Appellee ACS brief

      Amicus brief ABA
      Amicus brief Alaska legal services providers

      Amicus brief retired judges

      Order for supplemental memos

      Order dismissing appeal 

  4. Kelly v. Warpinski, No. 04-2999-OA (Wis. 2004) (petition denied). The briefs for this case are on file with the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.

  5. In re KJP (Parrish v. Ronnfeldt-Mendoza), 727 N.W.2d 374 (Wis. App. 2006) (unpublished).

    1.  The briefs for this case are on file with the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.

    2. Jane Pribek, Case Raises Civil Gideon Issue, Wisconsin Law Journal (March 22, 2006).

  6. In re KLJ, 813 P.2d 276 (Alaska 1991).

  7. King v. King, 174 P.3d 659 (Wash. 2007).

    1.  The briefs for this case are on file with the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.

    2. Stanley A. Bastian and Scott A. Smith, It's Not Justice If It's Not Equal, Even When It's a Civil Proceeding, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Dec. 25, 2007), available at

    3. David Bowermaster, Should Poor be Appointed Attorneys in Civil Cases?, Seattle Times (May 31, 2007), available at

    4. Editorial, Legal Representation: A Fair Shot for All, Seattle Post-Intelligence (Dec. 13, 2007), available at

    5. Deirdre Gregg, Legislature Weighs In on Supreme Court Legal-Aid Case, Puget Sound Business Journal (May 7, 2007), available at

    6. Deirdre Gregg, Supreme Court to Consider Legal Aid in Civil Cases, Puget Sound Business Journal at 6 (Apr. 29, 2007) available at

    7. Gene Johnson, No Right to Divorce Lawyers, High Court Rules, The Associated Press, (Dec. 6, 2007), available at

    8. Tracy Johnson, Should State Pay for Divorce Lawyer?, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Mar. 30, 2007), available at

    9. Tracy Johnson, State-Paid Divorce Lawyers Not a Right, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Dec. 6, 2007), available at

    10. Jonathan Martin, Court Rules that Spouses Aren't Entitled to Public Divorce Lawyers, The Seattle Times (Dec. 7, 2007), available at

    11. Carolyn McConnell, In Divorce, Money Trumps Care-Giving, Crosscut (Dec. 7, 2007).

    12. Martha Neil, No Right to Divorce Counsel in Wash., ABA Journal (Dec. 6, 2007), available at

    13. Perkins Coie, Pro Bono Team Featured in Puget Sound Business Journal (Apr. 27, 2007), available at

    14. Richard Roesler, Court Says No Right to Court-Appointed Divorce Lawyer, Spokesman Review (Dec. 7, 2007), available at

    15. Staff Reports, Court Weighs Right to a Divorce Lawyer, The Oregonian (June 1, 2007).

    16. United Press International, Court Rules No Right to Divorce Counsel, (Dec. 6, 2007), available at

    17. Paula Wissel, Right to Divorce Lawyer, KPLU Local News (May 31, 2007) available at

    18. Curt Woodward, Is State Obligated to Ensure Legal Counsel in Divorce Cases?, Skagit Valley Herald at 5 (Jun. 1, 2007). 

    19. Curt Woodward, Justices Mull Divorce Counsel, Everett Herald (June 1, 2007), available at

    20. Curt Woodward, The Right to a Divorce Attorney?, The News Tribune (June 1, 2007).

    21. Curt Woodward, WA Woman Seeking Taxpayer-Backed Divorce Lawyer, Bellingham Herald (May 31, 2007).