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  •  My question is... (5+ / 0-)

    ...is a court employee going: "Hey, I remember a case which was just like yours, gimme a sec ... here's a copy of the filing, it might be helpful" really "legal advice"?  

    •  Yes, actually. (0+ / 0-)

      Most of my job consists of writing briefs in which I cite to precedent (lawyer speak for "cases just like yours") and encourage a court to find in that same manner in my client's case.

      In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

      by Cixelsyd on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 08:17:52 AM PDT

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      •  The problem is that, particularly if you're acting (0+ / 0-)

        pro-se, you don't have ready access to all of that information, or even know of the ways to get that information.  I mean, by that definition of 'providing legal advice' you could say that groklaw is 'providing legal advice.'  I would say that the definition of 'advice' should require an interpretation or creation of a legal theory, as opposed to acting as a human search-engine equivalent, simply providing concrete information and the assertion that they think it might be relevant.

        Of course, I don't know the specifics of this so the employee may have blown way past that.  

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