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Written by Joel Sucher, Contributor

With that sentiment Judge Richard Posner announced his retirement from Chicago’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. After 35 years on the bench – and thinking about how those who represent themselves are treated – he came to the conclusion that they really aren’t given a fair shake. This well-regarding jurist — “provocative” is a label used by many — has written a self-published book that strikes at the heart of legal inequality. His controversial barbs are aimed at the staff lawyers who review pro se appeals before sending on recommendations to judges who, in most cases, just supply the dismissive rubber stamp. To try and level the legal playing field Posner suggested to eleven of his judicial colleagues that he review staff attorney memos before they’re sent for said rubber stamp.

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