Pro-Se Litigants and the Dark Road Ahead

Last Updated: June 2, 2023


The legal term pro se directly translates to "for oneself" or "on one’s behalf." When an applicant is without the assistance of counsel, it is called pro se. Federal and state governments have some form of written or precedent-based rules that allows a litigant to be pro se. We see pro se representation in all areas of the law, including security clearance hearings and appeals. Although this is a right that an individual may decide to exercise, certain factors should be taken into account. These factors include experience, case difficulty, and knowledge of the laws and rules that govern your case. It is a fact that pro se litigants are more likely to be unsuccessful in their pursuit to obtain or retain a security clearance. The lack of experience of a pro se litigant will not benefit the individual in their administrative hearing. Government counsel members are highly experienced and trained in security clearance matters. The opposing counsel's job is to revoke your security clearance. Pro se litigants lack the basic evidentiary rule knowledge and understanding to properly exercise objections. Pro se litigants may also lack the ability to properly articulate their case with proper evidence and testimony, leaving the administrative judge with no choice but to issue a denial. Do not face this battle alone. Hire an attorney that will fight for you!

If you have security clearance issues, contact The Law Office of Asya Hogue, Esq., for a free consultation at or call or text (904) 884-5891.