ArchCity Defenders makes guide to help people maneuver legal system

A non-profit civil rights law firm wants to help people help themselves when they’re in legal trouble.

News Story (Missouri)

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson
St. Louis Public Radio
April 22, 2018

Tags: Pro Bono, Unrepresented litigants

Organizations mentioned/involved: ArchCity Defenders (St. Louis)


ArchCity Defenders created the guide known as Pro Se STL. The guide’s namesake, pro se, comes from the Latin term that means “for oneself.” It’s aimed at helping people advocate and protect themselves when they have interactions with law enforcement, go to jail or in the courtroom.

Executive director Blake Strode said the guide is particularly helpful for those who don’t have representation, because they can’t afford the standard legal fees.