In propria persona

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in propria persona

adj. acting on one's own behalf, generally used to identify a person who is acting as his/her own attorney in a lawsuit. The popular abbreviation is "in pro per." In the filed legal documents (pleadings), the party's name, address and telephone number are written where the name, address and telephone number of the attorney would normally be stated. The words "in propria persona" or "in pro per" are typed where normally it would say "attorney for plaintiff." Judges sometimes warn a party "in propria persona" of the old adage that "anyone who represents himself in court has a fool for a client and an ass for an attorney."

IN PROPRIA PERSONA. In his own person; himself; as the defendant appeared in propria persona; the plaintiff argued the cause in propria persona.

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Paul Auster, in propria persona, is the opposite of Muffle Mouth; he is unafraid of his own power, precisely because he has acknowledged humiliation's alchemy, its way of letting words vibrate at whatever weird, golden velocity they wish.
After his dedicatory verses in the early stages of the first canto, the rhetorical speaker of the poem actually says little in propria persona until the conclusion of da Gama's triumphant lecture on Portugal's historical greatness.
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Lyly's Sappho, Marlowe's Dido, Shakespeare's Cleopatra, Webster's Duchess of Malfi, and Queen Elizabeth in propria persona and fictively, in Heywood's If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody, figure in her discussion.