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The Pro Se Problem

08 Feb

( From “How to Win in Court” Course )
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Why Pro Se Litigants Have a Hard Time.

Many pro se people are winning.

Unfortunately, a great number who should be winning are losing … needlessly!

Going to court without a lawyer is a growing phenomenon. Whether it’s the high cost of legal fees or growing distrust of lawyers in general, the trend is for more people to fightwithout lawyers

The American Bar Association reports nearly 1/2 of all pro se folks believe lawyers care more about their own self-interest than their client’s rights.

If you go by calls and emails Jurisdictionary receives, there’s good reason for this! Lawyers who bail at the last minute. Lawyers who don’t know what they’re doing. And, worst of all, lawyers wishing to curry favor with judges, afraid to stand up to the buffalo in the black robe and demand their clients’ rights by making timely objections and threatening appeal.

60% of pro se people say they can’t afford a lawyer.

20% say they simply don’t want to spend the money.

Nearly ½ of all court proceedings in the U.S. involve at least one pro se party … and too many of them are losing all because they don’t yet know the “rules of the game” or how to play to win!

Good people who should be winning are losing needlessly simply because they were never taught what it takes to win!

Ever ask yourself, “Why?”

Ever wonder if there might be a sinister reason nothing about law is taught to our children in schools supported by our tax dollars?

Who benefits from your legal ignorance?

You have a Constitutional right to justice.

You have a Constitutional right to go to court and win pro se!

Your rights were paid for by the blood of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for you!


Pro se people too often do not get justice.Learn from Jurisdictionary step-by-step


We at Jurisdictionary receive emails every day complaining there’s a judicial “conspiracy” against pro se litigants.

Let’s examine facts:

  1. Most pro se people know nothing about the official Rules of Evidence that control the judge and all parties and their lawyers.
  2. Most pro se people know nothing about the official Rules of Procedure that control the judge and all parties and their lawyers.
  3. Most pro se people have no idea what “due process” really is.
  4. Most pro se people can’t recognize the opposing lawyer’s dirty tricks.
  5. Most pro se people assume what “admissible evidence” is and don’t know what stuff isn’t.
  6. Most pro se people draft their pleadings and motions incorrectly – usually with far too many words!
  7. Most pro se people don’t know why it’s vital to write proposed orders for the judge to sign.
  8. Most pro se people don’t know why, when, or how to make effective objections in court.
  9. Most pro se people don’t understand what facts are critical to winning a case and what facts are of no consequence.
  10. Most pro se people muddy the legal waters with court-confusing insignificance.
  11. Most pro se people don’t know how to find and cite controlling appellate opinions in support of their motions.
  12. Most pro se people don’t arrange in advance of every proceeding to have a court stenographer present, so they can control the judge.
  13. Most pro se people waste valuable court time with non-essentials, fail to appreciate the needs of others who have other problems to bring before the court and, as a consequence, tend to make judges dread pro se cases and hate pro se people.


Pro se people who know what I explain so simply in my affordable, official, 24-hour step-by-step Jurisdictionary “How to Win in Court” self-help course winning consistently and getting compliments from judges and even opposing lawyers.

It’s so easy to learn how to do things the right way!

If you and friends were playing a game of basketball, and some bystander wanted to play but didn’t know the rules … how would you feel when he or she kept fouling and arguing he or she has a right to do as he or she pleases because she doesn’t know the rules?

Put yourself in the judges’ robes!

Many years ago, after winning a motion, an older judge asked me to stay behind after the parties left. He took me aside and said simply: “I want you to know that the case before yours today was to protect a little girl who’s grandfather thinks it’s fun to extinguish cigars on her legs.” I knew what he wanted me to know, and I never forgot. Other people’s case are serious, too.

Pro se people who know what I explain in my affordable, official, 24-hour step-by-step Jurisdictionary “How to Win in Court” self-help course don’t waste the court’s time and get justice by knowing the rules and how to use them tactically to control the judge and opposing counsel.

Winners learn the rules and how to use them!

If you want to win, get my affordable, official, 24-hour step-by-step Jurisdictionary “How to Win in Court” self-help course.


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Reminder: Contributions to the 20th Annual RIPS-SIS Teach-In Kit Due Friday, Feb.10th

06 Feb

Want to help promote law libraries and enhance legal research instruction? AALL’s Research Instruction and Patron Services-SIS publishes its popular Teach-In Resource Kit online in conjunction with National Library Week each April. The deadline for submiting contributions for this year’s…


Congressional Lawmaking: A Perspective on Secrecy and Transparency

19 Jan

From the summary of the CRS Report, Congressional Lawmaking: A Perspective On Secrecy and Transparency, (R42108) (November 30, 2011): Openness is fundamental to representative government. Yet the congressional process is replete with activities and actions that are private and not…


New Legal Skills Textbooks from Carolina Academic Press

13 Jan

Federal Legal Research by Mary Garvey Algero, Spencer L. Simons, Suzanne E. Rowe, Scott Childs, Sarah E. Ricks Forthcoming January 2012 Federal Legal Research explains how to conduct research in the U.S. Constitution and in federal cases, statutes, and administrative…


Top Ten Evidence Issues for 2012 and 2011 (Could provide issues for ALR assignments)

12 Jan

For litigators at the federal trial level, is there anything more important that evidence issues? Federal Evidence Blog has published two posts covering Top Ten Evidence Issues for 2012 and 2011, retrospective and prospective. After assigning the 2011 recap analysis,…


Let’s Start with Basic Skills: Teaching Law Students Reading and Reasoning Skills

09 Dec

Obviously there has been much more change-talk than action in improving the legal academy curriculum. Perhaps that is because the legal academy is a bit befuddled about where to start. Even if we accept the premise that law schools try…


The 6 Types of Lawsuit Complaints

09 Dec

Know the 6 types of lawsuit complaints.

Every lawsuit starts with a complaint.

See how easy it is?

  1. The plaintiff in the chart sues Defendant A and Defendant B.
  2. Defendant B counter-claims against Plaintiff.
  3. Defendant A cross-claims against Defendant B.
  4. Defendant B counter-cross-claims against Defendant A.
  5. Defendant A files a third-party complaint against Third Party Defendant.
  6. Third-Party Defendant counter-claims against Defendant A.

That’s all there is to it!

See how easy it is?

Lawsuits are “ridiculously easy-to-understand” once the Jurisdictionary step-by-step self-help course shows you how the parts fit together.

If you have a lawyer, you’ll know what your lawyer should be doing!

If you don’t have a lawyer, you’ll know what it takes to win!

The course offers many diagrams just like this plus charts, sample forms, simplified explanations, and practical tactics that give you power to win … with or without a lawyer!Learn from Jurisdictionary step-by-step

It’s not rocket science.

It’s straight-forward once you see the step-by-step procedures and how they’re controlled by a simple set of rules an average 8th grader can understand.

Everyone knows a baseball game has at least 9 innings.

Everyone knows the visiting team is first to bat.

Everyone knows the batter goes back to the dugout after 3 strikes.

It’s simple.

It’s baseball.

It’s America!

Lawsuits are just as easy as baseball, once you see them with the explanations and examples the course provides.

Not many people know how simple lawsuits really are. My profession has kept this knowledge secret from you on purpose!

It shouldn’t be that way!

Now YOU can know how to win … with or without a lawyer!



PACER Users Training Site

03 Dec

Hat tip to Deborah K. Hackerson, Law Librarian & Legal Research Adjunct, Univ. of St. Thomas School of Law, for her FYI Legal Skills Prof Blog post about PACER’s training site. Do note that according to Nota Bene’s Nov. 13,…


PACER Users Training Site

03 Dec

Hat tip to Deborah K. Hackerson, Law Librarian & Legal Research Adjunct, Univ. of St. Thomas School of Law, for her FYI Legal Skills Prof Blog post about PACER’s training site. Do note that according to Nota Bene’s Nov. 13,…


Providing Users with Search Algorithm Information

22 Nov

Matt Cutts, Distinguished Engineer, recaps ten changes to Google’s algorithm implemented during the last couple of weeks on Google’s official Inside Search blog including, for example: Snippets with more page content and less header/menu content: This change helps us choose…