Q&A Session – Non-Lawyer Representation


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Can a non-lawyer can be a representative in an EEO case and what can’t they do that a lawyer can?


The EEOC is not a court and a non-lawyer can represent a complainant there. If the case ends up in federal district court, the complainant can only proceed pro se (represent him or herself) or with a licensed lawyer. If a non-lawyer represents someone at the agency or at the EEOC, a prevailing complainant would not be entitled to attorney fees.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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