Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Tread Carefully: Working with Pro Se Litigants

March 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Hillary Roberts

Rule of Professional Conduct (RPC) 4.3 is our guiding authority for “dealing with” pro se litigants. Rule 4.3 is aptly titled for one of the thorniest and most difficult aspects of our practice. An equally appropriate alternate title might be “Dealing with Pro Se Litigates: Watch Your Step.”

As anyone whose worked with a pro se litigant can tell you, dealing with unrepresented parties is incredibly challenging. For many attorneys it can feel like an added burden. Unrepresented parties often lack the knowledge and experience needed to evaluate which battles are worth waging and what procedures to follow. As a result, their presence...

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