December 13, 2016 Articles

Understanding the Challenges Posed by Pro Se Litigants

Some lawyers may underestimate and even outright ridicule pro se parties, stemming from a misplaced belief that the litigation will have a shorter shelf life.

By Saleel V. Sabnis

The usual rules and practices that lawyers employ in litigation change dramatically when they are no longer dealing with an attorney as an adversary. Enter the pro se litigant. As many pro se litigants have no legal background or very little legal exposure, litigating against such parties poses distinct challenges. An attorney must have a grasp of how to best address the unique challenges posed by pro se litigants so as to not increase any risk associated with such cases.

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