Brooklyn Federal Court opens new Pro Se Legal Assistance center
Clients representing themselves in Brooklyn’s federal courthouse are getting some help.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the federal courthouse on Tuesday to announce the opening of the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project. The new office space is a joint initiative with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the City Bar Justice Center. It’s a space in the courthouse that is designed to give pro se litigants access to high-quality legal assistance.
“We are just so pleased to be able to celebrate this joint initiative with the City Bar Justice Center,” said the court’s Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon. “The goal of this program is to provide much needed legal assistance to our pro se community. Pro se cases represent a very significant portion of our docket and we have a pro se office and a pro se clerk’s staff, but they can’t do a lot of things that needed to be done.”
The clinic, which consists of three offices and a waiting room, held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, but has already been open for more than three months. In that time, project Director Nancy Rosenbloom said it has held 181 appointments and assisted 104 litigants free of charge.