Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

To get help from this project, please complete our online intake form on your phone or computer.

The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project (Fed Pro) of the City Bar Justice Center provides free, limited-scope legal services to pro se litigants with cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York who cannot afford to hire an attorney. While there is no automatic right to counsel in civil cases, Fed Pro can assist litigants by providing services such as:

  • Brief legal counseling
  • Advising litigants about potential federal claims prior to filing suit
  • Interpreting and explaining federal law and procedure
  • 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. Fed pro provides assistance through a director, coordinator, pro bono attorneys, and law school/college interns.

We assist individuals with federal civil 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 Jean Soo Park and Edmund Denfeld is the project coordinator.

Alternatively, call 212-382-4729 and leave a message. We will get back to you, but please note it will take longer.


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

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