Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

To get help, call 212.382.4729.



The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project of the City Bar Justice Center provides free, unbundled legal services to pro se litigants who cannot afford to hire an attorney.  Examples of our services include:

  • Brief legal counseling
  • Advising litigants about potential federal claims prior to filing suit
  • Interpreting and explaining federal rules and procedures
  • Reviewing draft pleadings and correspondence with the court 

The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project operates on-site at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York’s Brooklyn courthouse. We assist pro se plaintiffs and defendants on a variety of federal legal issues, including civil rights, employment discrimination, and disability discrimination.  The Project provides assistance through a full-time staff attorney, part-time project coordinator, pro bono attorneys, and law school interns.

We assist individuals with claims arising in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Staten Island. We are unable to assist incarcerated litigants are this time.  

Individuals with claims arising in the Bronx, Manhattan, or Westchester should seek assistance from the Pro Se Legal Assistance Project in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project is directed by Cat Itaya, and David Preciado is the project coordinator.

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  • Financial Empowerment Workshop: Business Plan/Financial Statements Workshop 102

    Wednesday, July 26th (6:00 – 8:00PM): The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) is hosting a free three-part financial empowerment series to provide New Yorkers with the tools they need to move toward financial independence and to financially sustain their small business. This session provides its attendees with a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with finance professionals. At this session, professionals will review and answer questions related to balance sheets and income statements. Individual questions will be answered. To attend this session, you must have attended 101 Accounting and Finance for Small Businesses. Registration is required. To register, please call NELP at 212-382-4726.