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Eastern Regional Conference
Access to Justice for the Self-Represented:
Court and Community-Based Strategies and Solutions

May 10-12, 2006, NY State Judicial Institute, White Plains, NY
 
 

This web site contains information and resource materials from the Eastern Regional Conference on Access to Justice for the Self-Represented.

For further information, please contact Shannon Castang at (646) 386-4715 or scastang@courts.state.ny.us.


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Get Adobe Acrobat ReaderConference Brochure

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Program
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Biographies of Speakers, Moderators and Presenters
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Conference Materials

General | And Access to Justice for All: The Potential of Community Connection, Volunteerism and Technology | Assisting the Self-Represented: Models that Address Local Needs | Foundations: The Obligations and Benefits of Programs for the Self-Represented | Roadmap for Implementing a Service Delivery Model | Enhancing Services through Technology | Creating Access to the Courts Across Cultures and Languages | Program Development: The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Started | The Challenges of Providing Access to Hard-to-Reach and Special-Issue Communities | The Ethics of Providing Assistance: The Difference Between Legal Information and Legal Advice | Unbundled Legal Services | Volunteers as Service Providers: Recruitment, Training and Supervision | Best Practices in the Courtroom | Operational Challenges of Running a Program | Evaluation Overview

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Additional Resource Materials

Self-Represented Litigants Generally | Obligation of the Courts to Assist | Self-Represented Litigants and the Role of the Judge | Self-Represented Litigants and the Role of Attorneys | Self-Help Centers | Providing Access to Hard-to-Reach Communities | Discrete Task or Unbundled Legal Services | Technology | Additional Links

 


 

Conference Materials
A. General

Self Represented Litigation Network, The Self Help Program: A Court-Based Solution for the Access to Justice Problems of Self Represented Litigants (Draft for Comment)

Self Represented Litigation Network, Key Resources on Self Represented Litigation Innovation (Draft for Comment)

Wayne Moore, Boonie Hough, Richard Zorza, Sherna Deammer, Allison McDermott and Gigi Amateau, Opening Help Centers for the Self Represented in Courts and Communities (May 2006)

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B. And Access to Justice for All: The Potential of Community Connection, Volunteerism and Technology

Session Outline

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C. Assisting the Self-Represented: Models that Address Local Needs

Spectrum of Self-Represented Litigants Possibilities

Maryland Legal Assistance Network, Access to Justice Initiative Informational Materials

  • MLAN Fact Sheet
  • MLAN Self-Help Advocacy Website for the Public, Outreach       Efforts
  • MLAN Partnership with Librarians in Support of Self-       Represented Litigants
  • Announcements of Special Training of Trainers for Maryland       Librarians
  • Maryland on-line Divorce Diagnostic Tools
  • Peoples Law Library Outreach Sites in Maryland

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D. Foundations: The Obligations and Benefits of Programs for the Self-Represented

Conference of Chief Court Administrators, Position Paper on Self-Represented Litigation (Submitted August 2000)

Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators, Final Report of the Joint Task Force on Pro Se Litigation (Submitted July 29, 2002)

Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators, Resolution on Pro Se Litigation (Adopted August 1, 2002)

Russell Engler, And Justice for All - Including the Unrepresented Poor: Revisiting the Roles of the Judges, Mediators, and Clerks, 67 Fordham L. Rev. 1987 (1999)

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E. Roadmap for Implementing a Service Delivery Model

Diane Ailey, Presentation Outline - Road Map for Implementing a Special Delivery Model (New Jersey) (May 2006)

Susan Ledray, Presenation Outline - Self-Help Centers, 4th Judicial District Court, Hennepin County (May 2006)

Hennepin County District Court, Self Help Centers

Susan Ledray, Helping Pro Se Litigants - Common Issues

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F. Enhancing Services through Technology

Session Outline

Katherine Alteneder, Michael Genz, Michael Hertz, Bonnie Hough, Harry Jacobs and Glenn Rawdon, The Role Technology in the Access Solution (Paper Seven: Summit on the Future of the Self-Represented Litigation, March 2005)

Washington State Supreme Court, Washington State Access to Justice Technology Principles (Adopted December 3, 2004)

David Whelan, LiveHelp is on the Way: Virtual volunteers to help clients find the legal information they need online, Equal Justice Magazine, Fall 2004 (available at http://www.ejm.lsc.gov/EJMIssue7/technology.htm)

New York State Unified Court System, The Self-Prepared Visitation Petition System (May 2006)

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G. Creating Access to the Courts Across Cultures and Languages

Session Outline

Susan Bryant, How to Bridge the Culture Gap, Trial - Diversity and the Law (August 2002)

William Hewitt, Court Interpretation: Model Guides for Policy and Practice in the State Courts (National Center for State Courts & State Justice Center 1995)

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H. Program Development: The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Started

Massachusettes: Supreme Judicial Court Steering Committee on Self-Represented Litigants, Judicial Guidelines for Civil Hearings Involving Self-Represented Litigants (April 2006)

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I. The Challenges of Providing Access to Hard-to-Reach and Special-Issue Communities

Katherine Alteneder, Presentation Outline - The Alaska Court System's Family Law Self-Help Center: An Investment in Education & Collaboration (May 2006)

The Alaska Court System's Efforts for Self-Represented Litigants (March 2006)

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J. The Ethics of Providing Assistance: The Difference Between Legal Information and Legal Advice

Session Outline

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K. Unbundled Legal Services and the Self-Represented

Session Outline

ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, An Analysis of Rules that Enable Lawyers to Serve Pro Se Litigants: A White Paper (April 2005)

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L. Volunteers as Service Providers: Recruitment, Training and Supervision

Session Outline

Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Fact Sheet (May 2006)

District of Columbia Bar Association, Landlord Tenant Resource Center Volunteer Handbook (July 2005)

Hennepin County District Court, Self Help Centers

Hennepin County District Court, Lawyer Referral and Information Service and Volunteer Lawyers Network, An Attorney's Guide to the Self Help Center: Advice for Helping Pro Se Client (November 2004)

Hennepin County District Court, Internship Job Description

Volunteers Lawyers Network, Volunteer Resources (www.volunteerlawyersnetwork.org/member_resources.htm)

Hennepin County Volunteer Coordinating Committee, Volunteers in Hennepin County Government: A Philosophy of Public/Private Partnership (October 1995)

Delaware Administration of the Courts, Volunteer Opportunities

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M. Best Practices in the Courtroom

United States District Court, EDNY, Sample Order Explaining Discovery

United States District Court, EDNY, Sample Initial Disclosure Order in an Employment Matter

Relevant Excerpts from the Code of Judicial Conduct

Minnesota Pro Se Protocol for Judges

Masschusettes Judicial Guidelines for Civil Hearings Involving Self-Represented Litigants

Wayne's List of What it Takes to be a Pro Se

Paris R. Baldacci, Assuring Access to Justice: The Role of the Judge in Assisting Pro Se Litigants in Litigating their Cases in New York City's Housing Court, 3 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y & Ethics J. 659 (2006)

Richard Zorza, Esq., Transparent and Engaged Judging: Courtroom Management that Maximizes Both Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants and the Neutrality and Credibility of the Court

Richard Zorza, Esq., Evidence in Self-Represented Litigation: How Judges Can Make Sure that Appropriate Evidence is Considered and Given the Right Weight in Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants (Draft for Comment)

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N. Operational Challenges of Running a Program

The Delaware Self-Help Center, Informational Sheet

District of Columbia Family Court Self Help Center, Referral Information Sheets (May 2005)

District of Columbia Family Court Self Help Center, Helpful Web Sites for Finding Defendants

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O. Evaluation Overview

Session Outline

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Additional Resource Materials
A. Self-Represented Litigants Generally

American Judicature Society, Revised Pro Se Policy Recommendations (March 2002)

Programs and Services for the Self-Represented (compilation by the New York State Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives of programs and services available to the self-represented in the Eastern United States)

Deborah Cantrell, Justice for Interests of the Poor: The Problem of Navigating the System without Counsel, 70 Fordham L.Rev. 1573 (April 2002)

Jona Goldschmidt, The Pro Se Litigant's Struggle for Access to Justice: Meeting the Challenge of Bench and Bar Resistance, 40 Fam. Ct. Rev. 36 (2002)

John Greacen, Framing the Issues for the Self Represented Summit (2005) - Membership Required

Paula L. Hannaford-Agor, Helping the Pro Se Litigant: A Changing Landscape, Court Review (Winter 2003)

Judicial Council of California, Statewide Action Plan for Serving Self-Represented Litigants (February 2004)

National Center for State Courts, Best Practice Institute, Judicial Management of Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants

Report of the Joint Iowa Judges Association and Iowa State Bar Association Task Force on Pro Se Litigation (May 2005)

A Report on Self Represented Litigants in the New Hampshire Courts (January 2004)

John Stanoch, Working with Pro Se Litigants: The Minnesota Experience, 24 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 297 (1998)

Deborah Rhode, Access to Justice: Connecting Principles to Practice, 17 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 369 (Spring 2004)

Selfhelpsupport.org (This free membership website serves as a national clearinghouse of information on self-representation. Their library contains over 1,000 publications, a monthly newsletter alerts members to new publications, and monthly network conference calls allow members to learn about innovative programs and practices.)

Richard Zorza, The Future of Self-Represented Litigation: Report from the March 2005 Summit - Membership Required (Williamsburg, VA: National Center for State Courts [2005]) (also available through http://www.selfhelpsupport.org/ or http://www.statejustice.org/).

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B. Obligation of the Courts to Assist

Jona Goldschmidt, How are Courts Handling Pro Se Litigants?, 82 Judicature 13 (July-August 1998)

John M. Greacen, Legal Information vs. Legal Advice – Developments During the Last Five Years, 84 Judicature 198 (January-February 2001)

New York State Unified Court System, Facilitating Access Training Program Reference Manual, Volume I and Volume II

Richard Zorza, The Self Help Friendly Court (2002)

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C. Self-Represented Litigants and the Role of the Judge

Rebecca A. Albrecht, John M. Greacen, Bonnie Rose Hough and Richard Zorza, Judicial Techniques for Cases Involving Self Represented Litigants, Judges Journal (Winter 2003)

Conference of Chief Justices, Pro Se Implementation Committee, Proposed Protocol to be Used by Judicial Officers During Hearings Involving Pro Se Litigants

Cynthia Gray, Reaching Out or Overreaching: Judicial Ethics and Pro Se Litigation

National Center for State Courts, Best Practice Institute, Judicial Management of Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants

John Sheldon & Peter Murray, Rethinking the Rules of Evidentiary Admissibility in Non-Jury Trials, 86 Judicature 227 (March-April 2003)

Richard Zorza, Testimony Before ABA Joint Commission on the Model Code of Judicial Conduct (December 2003)

Richard Zorza, Testimony Before ABA Joint Commission on the Model Code of Judicial Conduct (July 2004)

Richard Zorza, The Disconnect Between the Requirements of Judicial Neutrality and Those of the Appearance of Neutrality when Parties Appear Pro Se: Causes, Solutions, Recommendations, and Implications, 17 Geo. J. L. Ethics 423 (2004)

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D. Self-Represented Litigants and the Role of Attorneys

William Hornsby, Defining the Role of Lawyers in Pro Se Litigation, 41 Judges Journal 5 (Fall 2002)

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E. Self-Help Centers

Evaluation of Model Self Help Pilot Programs

Key Findings of the California Task Force on Self Represented Litigation

Maryland's Judicial Conference, Committee on Family Law, Best Practices for Programs to Assist Self-Represented Litigants in Family Law Matters (January 2005) - Membership Required

Selfhelpsupport.org Webinar, Self-Help Program Management - Membership Required

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F. Providing Access to Hard-to-Reach Communities

Tina Rasnow, Traveling Justice: Providing Court Based Pro Se Assistance to Limited Access Communities, 29 Fordham Urb.L.J. 1281 (Feb. 2002)

Beth M. Henchen, Lessons from the Country, Serving Self-Represented Litigants In Rural Jurisdictions (American Judicature Society, February 2002)

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G. Discrete Task or Unbundled Legal Services

Fern Fisher-Brandveen and Rochelle Klempner, Unbundled Legal Services: Untying the Bundle in New York State, 29 Fordhan Urb.L.J. 1107 (2002)

Jona Goldschmidt, In Defense of Ghostwriting, 29 Fordham L. Rev. 1145 (2002)

John Greacen, The Status of Unbundled Legal Services, 43 Judge Journal 39 (2004)

Robert Hawley, Bonnie Hough, Sue Talia, and Hon. Laurie D. Zelon, Expanding Your Practice by Offering Limited Scope Legal Services (Free Online Practicing Law Institute Training)

Bonnie Hough, Twenty Things that Judicial Officers Can Do to Encourage Attorneys to Provide Limited Scope Representation

Model Rules on Unbundling Legal Services or Limited Scope Representation- Membership Required

Sue Talia, Roadmap for Implementing a Successful Unbundling Program (June 2005) - Membership Required


H. Technology

2004 Symposium: Technology, Values, and the Justice System, Symposium Papers

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants: A Consumer-Based Approach

Selfhelpsupport.org Webinar, Pro Se Technology (to be recorded on April 24, 2006) - Membership Required

Selfhelpsupport.org Webinar, Forms and Document Assembly - Membership Required

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I. Additional Links

Access to Justice Support Project

AARP Technical Support for Pro Se Hotlines Project

American Judicature Society Pro Se Forum

LawHelp.org

Legal Services Corporation: Pro Se; Technology

National Center for State Courts: Self-Represented Litigants Section

 

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