John Pollock

John Pollock

John Pollock is a staff attorney for the Public Justice Center who has served since 2009 as the coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel. His work focuses on working to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals in civil cases involving basic human needs such as child custody, housing, and benefits. He is the author of ABA Resolution 114 (2018), supporting the right to counsel whenever physical liberty is at stake. He is the recipient of the 2018 Innovations Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and serves on an advisory committee for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to his work at the Public Justice Center, John served as the enforcement director for the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center in Montgomery, Alabama, where he addressed systemic housing discrimination in rental, sales, lending, and insurance. John also previously served as a law fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. While there, he founded the Heirs’ Property Retention Coalition, a network of dozens of organizations across the southeastern United States working on stopping the forced sales of ancestral property within low-income African-American communities. John drafted the first version of what eventually became the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, a uniform law to reduce forced sales that has been adopted by over a dozen states. John graduated from Wesleyan University in 1994 and from Northeastern University School of Law in 2005.

Guest Appearances
March 31, 2021

The Pursuit of a Civil Right to Counsel

Public Justice Center staff attorney John Pollock outlines current efforts to institute the right to counsel in civil matters.

June 12, 2018

2018 Equal Justice Conference: Civil Right to Counsel in the Trump Era

Kimberly Sanchez talks to John Pollock and Andrew Sherer about how the Trump administration’s attitude towards immigration is affecting change and the local-level governmental response.

August 23, 2017

#134: Why It’s Time for a Civil Right to Counsel, with John Pollock

John Pollock discusses the civil right to counsel (sometimes called "civil Gideon") movement with Sam on this episode of Lawyerist.