Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

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Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

To get help from the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project, call 212.382.4729.
Overview

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 at 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 Dylan Lee is the project coordinator.


Not sure if this is the right project? Contact our free Legal Hotline at 212-626-7383.

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  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Wednesday, September 25th (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Long Island City at the Queens Economic Development Corporation/Entrepreneurs’ Space located at 36-46 37th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. By public transportation, this location is accessible via the M/R to 36th St.  To register for an appointment, please contact Bhavna Punjwani of the QEDC at 718-263-0546 to request an appointment.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Wednesday, September 18th (5:30 – 7:30PM): A small business legal clinic will be held at the main branch of the Brooklyn Library located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2/3 trains to the Eastern Parkway Station.  To register for an appointment, please contact Miriam Colon of the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center at 718-797-0187 or click here to request an appointment.