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February 08, 2010

Appellate Clinic Guides Hundreds

Daily Journal | By Laura Ernde


Those who have trouble navigating their local courthouse without a lawyer are no doubt even more intimidated by the prospect of an appeal, where strict procedural rules can trip up even experienced lawyers.

But a one-of-a-kind program at the 2nd District Court of Appeal has been quietly helping those who can't afford representation seek justice. So far, its victories have helped a homeless man get his house back and a brain-injured litigant get a fair shake.

Approaching its third anniversary, the Appellate Self-Help Clinic for Indigent Civil Litigants is being recognized as a model for appellate courts in California and other states. Last month the program received the Judicial Council's highest award, the Kleps Award, and its benefits are also being touted in an upcoming law review article.

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