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In my previous column, I asked a simple question: If we would agree that the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, then why are we spending so much time and money trying to assist non-law-trained pro se litigants in representing themselves in court? If we would agree that, generally speaking, justice is best served by access to quality legal representation, then why not focus our efforts on achieving that? Instead of trying to figure out how to make the courthouse more easily maneuverable to pro se litigants, perhaps we should concentrate on making attorneys accessible and affordable to all persons who seek justice.
Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 39:1 (2002), pp. 3. Copyright © 2002 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/htdocs/publications.htm.