Appellate Law

Public Counsel's Appellate Law Program helps self-represented litigants better represent themselves in their civil matters and provides pro bono representation in selected cases. The Program thereby increases access to justice and improves efficiency in the courts. The Program operates two clinics, one for civil appeals and one for federal district court cases in the Central District of California. Both clinics assist self-represented litigants in a wide variety of civil cases. Read More

Contact Information

For the location and hours of the Federal Pro Se Clinic (by appointment only), click here.

Public Counsel's Self-Help Appellate clinic provides procedural information and assistance to people who are representing themselves in appeals pending in the Second District of the Court of Appeal and the Appellate Division of any Superior Court within the Second District.

Ordinarily the Clinic is open, by appointment, on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for in-person consultations. 

Owing to the current public health emergency, the Clinic will operate telephonically and on-line through April 19th, at least.
Appointments for telephonic consultations can be requested by calling (213) 830-7234 on Wednesdays. Priority for appointments (but not a guarantee of an appointment) is given to the first ten callers. 

Temporary changes during the COVID-19 crisis are:  (1) The appointment request line will remain open only until all appointments that can be handled within the next week are filled; (2) Fewer appointments can be handled per week than  usual, so appointments will be limited to litigants facing deadlines earlier than April 19th; (3) Some appointments may be for days other than a Wednesday.
Every effort will be made to notify successful callers of their appointments no later than the close of business on Friday. While we adjust to the emergency schedule, however, notifications may be delayed.

Clinic location (temporarily closed):
Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
Ronald Reagan State Building
300 S. Spring Street
2nd Floor, North Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90013


  • A New Public-Interest Appellate Model Public Counsel's court-based self-help clinic and pro bono "triage" for indigent pro se civil litigants on appeal. Authored by Meehan Rasch and published in The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process.
  • Public Counsel Federal Pro Se Clinic Annual Report 2009-2010 The Clinic offers free legal assistance to pro se litigants with civil cases in federal court. Located on-site in the Central District's U.S. Courthouse, the Clinic is equipped to provide meaningful legal assistance to pro se litigants, with services ranging from identifying the next procedural step in a case to drafting pleadings for indigent litigants with meritorious claims.
  • Evaluating Appeals - Volunteer Opportunity This document describes what Public Counsel asks of an attorney who agrees to volunteer to evaluate an appeal for our Appellate Law Program.