Pro Se Hearings Calendar
Opportunities for Attorneys and Legal Professionals
How It Works
The "Pro Se Calendar" is an opportunity for attorneys to represent pro se litigants at family law hearings before a Commissioner on designated dates and times (usually mornings from 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon). A calendar with details on upcoming hearings is below, and a form to sign up to volunteer is at the bottom of this page.
Typical matters on pro se calendars include orders to show cause, motions, and finalizing documents in divorce, custody and modification cases. Representation is on a limited scope basis and for the purposes of that hearing only. You will meet with the litigant briefly before the case is called. Court staff will print relevant case documents. Self-Help Center staff attorneys or Legal Aid Society paralegals will provide you these documents and highlight the main issues in the case. This is an enjoyable volunteer opportunity, and as close as it gets to the pure practice of law. It requires no prep work or followup take-back-to-the-office work. You sign up for a shift, and when you arrive you are assigned a pro se client. You review their paperwork and meet them briefly, and often meet with the other attorney, and sometimes a mediator, to attempt to resolve the issue. You appear on your client's behalf when ready and represent them, then withdraw. During the course of the calendar, you may assist more than one pro se litigant.