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A Judge’s Advice to Lawyers Facing Pro Se (Self-represented) Litigants


Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge You’s column on pro se litigants in the April 2013 MBA Lawyer gives succinct and useful advice to attorneys who are facing self-represented litigants in relatively benign situations.

Talk to judges and lawyers, and maybe even PLF, if the situation gets more complicated, as it most certainly will in some instances. And take advantage of Meet the Judges opportunities or Advice from Judges CLEs, not to mention talking to experienced attorneys about opposing pro se litigants. Priceless!)

Excerpt from: “Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants How to Avoid Becoming Goliath Against David,” by Judge Youlee You, Multnomah County Circuit Court:

“These days, attorneys are facing pro se opponents more frequently in court. When dealing with self-represented litigants, what works and what doesn’t? How do you, as the one wearing the power suit, avoid looking like Goliath against David?….” [Link to full article.]

The Multnomah Bar Association generously posts their monthly newsletters online for public viewing. (Thank you, MBA!)

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