In NYLJ, Prof. Jennifer Gundlach Calls for More Legal Services for Federal Pro Se Civil Litigants

Photo of Maurice A. Deane School of Law professor Jennifer A. Gundlach, Clinical Professor of Law

Jennifer Gundlach, the Emily and Stephen Mendel Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Hofstra Law Pro Se Legal Assistance Program, co-wrote the commentary “A Call for Action to Increase the Provision of Legal Services for Unrepresented Civil Litigants in Our Federal Courts,” which was published Sept. 20 in the New York Law Journal.

The article examines the dire need for more programs to provide legal assistance to the growing number of unrepresented civil litigants in the federal courts, many of whom are racial minorities and are living at or near the poverty level.

The article also highlights the New York state courts as being “at the forefront of dramatically increasing funding for access to justice initiatives, beginning with leadership by former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti (now Dean at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University), and with the continuing support of our current Chief Judge Janet Difiore.”

Professor Gundlach co-wrote the article with Lynn Kelly, executive director of the City Bar Justice Center; Robyn Tarnofsky, director of the NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group) Legal Clinic for Pro Se Litigants; and Bernadette Gargano, director of the Buffalo Law Pro Se Assistance Program.

Read the full commentary on the New York Law Journal website.