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The Indiana Lawyer Quotes Fedullo on “Right to Counsel” Laws

January 23, 2020

Rochelle Fedullo (Partner-Philadelphia), 2019 chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, was asked to comment for “Alternative approaches: Pew study finds civil legal problems impacting 47% of U.S. households,” an article in the January 8, 2020, edition of The Indiana Lawyer. The article explains that, after finding the need for civil legal assistance in the United States is widespread, a study by The Pew Charitable Trusts saw a need for new solutions. Philadelphia passed its own right-to-counsel bill, strongly supported by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Fedullo said, “Despite the outlay of dollars, the right to counsel would actually save the city money. She pointed to a 2018 study that found that if Philadelphia invested $3.5 million annually to fund counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city would save $45.2 million per year in costs related to shelter, medical and social services homeless families need.” 

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