Resources for SRLs

Guide for Self-Represented Litigants with Disabilities

Click here to access the PWD Primer We hear all too often from self-represented litigants who are also persons with disabilities (PWDs) – these litigants are forced to deal with the “double-whammy” of navigating the justice system alone, while simultaneously facing the physical and systemic barriers that PWDs deal with on a daily basis. This primer, “Navigating the Justice System: A Guide for Self-Represented Litigants with Disabilities” is designed for people seeking justice system accommodations for a recognized disability, either physical [...]


Reading and Understanding Case Reports

Reading A Case Primer A Guide for Self-Represented Litigants By Margarita Dvorkina & Julie Macfarlane Why We Publish SRL Primers One of the NSRLP’s primary missions is the development of accessible, practical and empowering resources for the primarily self-represented. NSRLP has been researching and writing its distinctive SRL “Primers” – Reading and Understanding Case Reports is our 9th Primer – since 2013 (you can find the full list here). We do this not because we believe that people are generally “better off” without lawyers, burning [...]


“My Learned Friend”: Building Constructive Working Relationships Between Self-Represented Litigants and Opposing Counsel

Working with Opposing Counsel We know from our research that many SRLs will find that the other side in the dispute is represented by a lawyer, for some or all of the time. When this is the case, it is critically important for the SRL and opposing counsel to create a constructive working relationship. A functional professional relationship between the SRL and opposing counsel is critical to the progress and the resolution of the case. But for a variety of reasons, [...]

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