More than a decade ago, the ABA expanded its rules to allow lawyers to offer unbundled legal services, bite-sized tasks like legal research and ghostwritten motions. Gone are the days when the typical lawyer required thousands of dollars in retainer to start working on your case. With competition among lawyers for limited consumer dollars, firms are rushing to reconfigure their practices to serve clients in any way they can. That’s good news for pro se litigants, if we know how to use those services.
It’s been nearly 20 years since “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” was released, just a few months before Tupac Shakur lost his life. The music video for the track has 2Pac and Snoop representing themselves in court with the gangsta attitude needed for effective pro se litigation. Like a gangsta, every successful pro se litigant must be prepared to break the rules, because the rules weren’t made for us.
The first thing most self represented litigants need to do is to unlearn some untruths. No, the judge is not there to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong. The judge is only there as a referee while the two sides duke it out. Too often, we think we know what we need to know, but […]