New Article: The Welfarist Right to Counsel

New Article: Shaun Ossei-Owusu, The Welfarist Right to Counsel, UCLA Law Review (Forthcoming) (Nov. 3, 2020).

The Sixth Amendment right to counsel is typically and often exclusively understood as a criminal procedure protection. From the law school training of attorneys to the legal knowledge imparted to lay people by popular culture, this right is seen as solely within the province of the criminal justice system. This widely held belief is fragmentary and incomplete. Despite its reasonableness, this penal primacy has marred our ability to understand the contours and limitations of indigent defense.

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