Representing Themselves In Court, Some Nebraskans Keep Homelessness At Bay

A new self-help approach at Legal Aid of Nebraska has empowered people to understand and stand up for their legal rights.
News Story (Nebraska)

Bill Kelly
NET News (Nebraska)
February 16, 2016

Tags: Access to Justice, Pro Bono, Pro Se/Self-Help

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Nebraska


There are no readily available estimates on how many people in or on the verge of homelessness take on their legal problems themselves. In fact, representing yourself in court is ordinarily considered a bad idea. However, Maley took advantage of a strategy being recommended with greater frequency by advocates for homeless and low income individuals needing to clear away legal matters threatening their ability to move ahead.

Nor did Maley navigate the sometimes intimidating process without guidance. Some social service agencies work with a certain number of clients to prepare required paperwork and familiarize them with the basics of the process so they can appear in court on their own behalf without an attorney at their side.