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Many people choose to represent themselves out of arrogance. “I’m smart. Why should I hire a lawyer?” No matter how brilliant you are, your ignorance of the law will be obvious to anyone who works in the legal profession. (For an example, see my post Appeals Court Rejects “Rambling” and “Confusing” Complaint Filed by Harvard Doctor.) You should keep this in mind as you handle your legal matters and show at least a touch of humility when dealing with lawyers, clerks, and judges.