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Can Someone Represent Me?
The parties to the arbitration may present their own case or have a personal representative do so. Since the hearing is not governed by formal rules of evidence, many parties do effectively represent themselves.
Any party who is a lawyer or has a lawyer represent them must disclose that fact to the CCR at least 10 calendar days before the hearing. The CCR must immediately inform the other party of such legal representation and give them an opportunity to retain a lawyer if they so desire. (See Arbitration Rules, Section 9.)
In conjunction with the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, the CCR participates in a clinical program for law students to assist parties in the arbitration process. This program is an optional service to the arbitration parties. If available, a law student may volunteer to assist a party by examining the case, making suggestions, researching the law, helping to prepare and organize the presentation, and/or acting as spokesperson for the party's position at the arbitration hearing. The arbitration party and the law student assistant must determine to what extent the law student will be involved in the case. There is no charge or fee for this service; however, the service is provided only when a law student volunteer is available for each party desiring the service in an arbitration case. Sufficient advance notice and time to prepare is needed for a law student to give assistance. When using the services of a law student assistant, an arbitration party understands that the law student assistant is not a licensed attorney authorized to practice law and is not acting as legal counsel for the party and agrees to indemnify and hold the university and the law student harmless against any claims arising out of any acts or omissions by the law student assistant in assisting the party.