Most pro se cases raise constitutional or civil rights claims. Many pro selitigants need pro bono lawyers to depose parties or try the case. Periodically, the Court will host training sessions on legal or procedural issues that are common in pro se cases. These training sessions may also address the unique obstacles that lawyers face when representing an individual who is incarcerated. The training sessions are conducted by district judges, magistrate judges, and experienced lawyers who work in the relevant areas of law.

The annual Trial Advocacy Training for Pro Bono Lawyers will take place on May 29, 2014. This event is cosponsored by the Federal Bar Council. Registration is on the Federal Bar Council's website.