RICHARD ZORZA


Richard Zorza was recently described in a Resolution of Recognition by the Conferences of Chief Justices and State Court Administrators as having been "has been prolific in his production of influential scholarly articles, ground-breaking education curricula, innovative protocols and toolkits, [as having] served as the foremost ambassador and crusader for the cause of self represented litigants in the United States; and [as one whose] service has been marked by exceptional accomplishments which have benefited innumerable litigants and courts throughout the nation." He is an attorney and independent consultant who has worked for the past twenty five years on issues of access to justice, technology and legal ethics. Founder and Coordinator Emeritus of the Self Represented Litigation Network, and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Zorza is a former public defender, legal services attorney and justice technology designer. His book, The Self-Help Friendly Court: Designed from the Ground Up to Work for People Without Lawyers, was published by the National Center for State Courts in 2002. His article The Disconnect Between the Requirements of Judicial Neutrality and Those of the Appearance of Neutrality when Parties Appear Pro Se: Causes, Solutions, Recommendations, and Implications, 17 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LEGAL ETHICS, 423 (2004) is widely used to define the structure of thought on the topic. He is the recipient of the 2008 American Judicature Society Kate Sampson Access to Justice Award, the 2012 National Legal Aid and Defender Association Innovations Award, and the 2013 American Bar Association Brown Award. Additional information and publications can be obtained on his website at www.zorza.net and on his blog at www.accesstojustice.net.