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Pro Se: advocating on one's own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer.

"The right of a party to a legal action to represent his or her own cause has long been recognized in the United States, and even predates the ratification of the Constitution." These so-called "pro se" civil actions are inexpensive for the common person, but remain very expensive to the corporate entities that must hire a team of lawyers to defend their interests.  This mismatch in cost structure, is a great equalizer between the money and power of corporate entities, and the common people.

So how can an individual with no legal training fight against a team of experienced lawyers?  By joining together with other like-minded individuals, and using the power of the Internet to learn, grow, and collaborate.  This website has been setup to do exactly that, and is a result of a pro se lawsuit filed against Bank of America by Jay Fenello.

While the outcome of his case is still pending, one thing is certain -- the results of Jay's case will help the next person who files.  Just as Jay based his case on those that had gone before him, so too will the next batch of lawsuits incorporate his results into their actions.

If you'd like to keep up with Jay's progress in the courts, please subscribe to his blog, "Adventures of a Pro Se Litigant."

If you'd like to learn more, please send a blank email to ProSeAction-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and join the discussions.  There you can view all of the steps Jay took to prepare his case, ask questions, collaborate with others,
and even get a copy of all of Jay's filings.  

If you'd like to file your own lawsuit, you can also use the same resources Jay did ...

Start here:  Pro Se Civil Guidebook, then ...

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