Lost in much of the sturm und drang over California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of the state bar enabling legislation was his decision to sign a bill by Assemblyman Mike Feuer giving Californians who cannot afford legal help in civil matters the right to a lawyer. http://www.metnews.com/articles/2009/bill101309.htm Funding for the pilot project will come from a $10 addition in court fees.
The history and text of California’s “Civil Gideon” can be found here http://www.totalcapitol.com/?bill_id=9079. California becomes the first state in the nation to offer those who cannot afford a lawyer the right to one in civil matters.
As for the veto of the state bar funding bill, new state bar president Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese http://www.girardikeese.com/Attorneys/Howard-B-Miller.shtml has pledged to address concerns of the governor and Legislature.