Appellate Circuit

If You’re Pro Se and You’ve Been Denied Access to CM/ECF Filing Permissions, Here’s Who to Contact

Will the members of this group advocate for pro se access to electronic filing rights, sealed documents and also basic access to justice?

US Court Administration Office (USAO)

Will the members of this group advocate for uniform pro se access to cm/ecf filing rights, sealed documents and also basic access to justice which is constantly denied?

OCT 12, 2021

Electronic Public Access Public User Group

The Electronic Public Access (EPA) Public User Group will provide a forum for PACER users to share and recommend ideas for expanding and improving EPA services.

The EPA Public User Group’s mission is to provide advice and feedback on the development, implementation, and enhancement of electronic public access services provided by the federal Judiciary, including but not limited to PACER, PACER Case Locator, Multi-court Voice Case Information System applications, and the availability of electronic court records. Learn more about the public user group.

If you would like to provide feedback or comments regarding any of the electronic public access services to the AO and Public User Group, please email sends e-mail).


James Christopher Allman, assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas;

Adam Angione, Midwest and Northeast bureau chief, Courthouse News Services;

JoAnn DiSanti, associate director of managing clerks, New York City-based White & Case law firm;

Nicholas C. Goldrosen, a student at Williams College in Massachusetts;

Todd Michael Higey, general counsel, Employment Screening Services, representing the National Association of Professional Background Screeners;

Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.;

Margo S. Kirchner, general counsel and development director, the Wisconsin Justice Initiative;

Tyler G. Mills, team lead, Bloomberg Law;

Robert F. Patrick, reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch;

Theresa A. Reiss, law librarian for the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress;

Gabriella Sarnoff, assistant managing attorney at the Debevoise & Plimpton law firm headquartered in New York City; and

Warren Thomas, principal at the Atlanta-based Meunier Carlin & Curfman law firm.

Meeting Information & Resources

Meeting agendas, meeting summaries, and other resources related to the EPA Public User Group are posted on this page when available.

July 21, 2021 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

February 16, 2021 Meeting Summary (pdf)

February 16, 2021 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

October 26, 2020 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

October 26, 2020 Meeting Summary (pdf)

June 29, 2020 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

June 29, 2020 Meeting Summary (pdf)

February 27-28, 2020 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

February 27-28, 2020 Meeting Summary (pdf)

Margo S. Kirchner
Wisconsin Justice Initiative Inc., Milwaukee


Platform Statement

I have several valuable strengths for service on the Wisconsin Judicial Council, most notably my in-depth knowledge of court practice and procedure (civil and criminal) from decades of experience processing cases through the federal trial court. I have analyzed a wide range of state and federal constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law.

And I have extensive experience managing cases involving pro se litigants trying to navigate the judicial system.

I look for practical solutions, and I prefer plain language rather than complicated legalese.

If elected, I will advocate for clear and understandable rules and procedures for the benefit of attorneys, pro se litigants, judges, and court staff.

Public service is important to me. I am honored to be nominated for the Judicial Council position and look forward to serving as your representative.


Margo Kirchner is general counsel and development director of Wisconsin Justice Initiative Inc. (WJI), a nonprofit seeking to improve the Wisconsin justice system and educate the public about important justice-related issues.

Prior to joining WJI, Kirchner spent 23 years in public service in the federal courts, most recently serving as career law clerk to the Honorable Charles N. Clevert, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

She also clerked for the Honorable William C. Griesbach, the Honorable Lynn Adelman, the Honorable Robert W. Warren, and the Honorable Terence T. Evans (in the Eastern District and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals).

Kirchner served on the Eastern District’s Local Rules Committee in 2009 and 2010 and co-authored A Guide to Civil Judgments for use by district-court clerk’s office and chambers staff. Early in her career she practiced at the law firm of Gammage & Burnham PLC in Phoenix, Arizona.

Trained and certified as a mediator by the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, Kirchner mediates Milwaukee County foreclosure cases on a pro bono basis for the Metro Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation Program.

The Wisconsin Law Journal named Kirchner as a Women in Law Award winner in 2010. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation in 2017 in recognition of her accomplishments in the legal profession and her leadership and service in her community.

Kirchner is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Association for Women Lawyers (past president), the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Thomas E. Fairchild Chapter of the Inns of Court. She sits on the board of the Association for Women Lawyers Foundation and is president of the Concord Chamber Orchestra.

Kirchner graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan Law School.​​

It’s Petty and It’s Unconstitutional. Y’all at SDTX Federal Court are Violatin’ Civil Rights of Texas Citizens

One cannot allow one federal court in the State of Texas to allow pro se to file electronically and another deny all pro se litigants.

Henry, Show Cause Why You Ain’t Gonna Be Sanctioned for Bein’ Pro Se in S.D. Tex.

Pro Se has 10 days to file a response without the benefit of ECF filing, because Judge Vanessa Gilmore says that is ATTORNEY PRIVILEGED.

Electronic Filing by Pro Se In Federal District Courts Should be Mandatory As Per State Courts

LIT has been frustrated by this unlawful exception, where Federal lower courts deny pro se ecf filing requests. Appellate Courts allow it.

If You’re Pro Se and You’ve Been Denied Access to CM/ECF Filing Permissions, Here’s Who to Contact
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