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APPEAL FOR PRO BONO ATTORNEYS

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Court is seeking to recruit pro bono attorneys to assist with the urgent and ever-increasing need to provide counsel for indigent litigants in certain pre-screened civil cases.  While the Court has traditionally relied upon a handful of attorneys who have generously answered the Court’s calls for assistance and have provided invaluable service, the need for pro bono counsel  is ever increasing to such an extent that the small circle of dedicated volunteers cannot be expected to continue to shoulder the load.  Accordingly, the Court is making a district wide appeal for pro bono attorneys to represent indigent civil litigants.  In order to facilitate pro bono appointments, the court will provide reimbursements for limited, pre-approved expenses. Additionally, if desired, pro bono counsel may also enter into fee arrangements with their clients.  By answering the call to serve, attorneys admitted to practice in this district will provide a valuable service to indigent litigants, the Court, and the larger system of justice. 

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

BROWN v. KIDD,  et. al., 1:17-cv-00215-KD-B

The Court is seeking to recruit counsel to assist Plaintiff Mark Brown in preparation for and appearing at a jury trial, to be set at a future date.  Mr. Brown is a prisoner at Holman Correctional Facility (“Holman”).   His case concerns Defendants’ alleged failure to protect him from being sexually and physically assaulted.  Mr. Brown alleges that during the fall of 2013,  he was sexually assaulted by another inmate. Mr. Brown asserts that he told the correctional defendants about issues with his assailant prior to the sexual assault. He further asserts that after reporting the sexual assault to the defendants, his assailant physically assaulted him at least two more times.  Mr. Brown is asserting claims under the Eighth Amendment against the correctional defendants and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

If interested in working on this case, please send an e-mail to efile_bivins@alsd.uscourts.gov.

 

SPENCER v.  FAILS,  et. al., 1:15-cv-00477-JB-B

The Court is seeking to recruit counsel to assist Plaintiff Antonio R. Spencer in preparation for and appearing at a jury trial, to be set at a future date.  Mr. Spencer is a prisoner at Limestone Correctional Facility (“Limestone”).   Mr. Spencer alleges that, without provocation, the correctional defendants physically assaulted him in September 2015.  According to Mr. Spencer, his left pinky finger was bent backwards; he was  sprayed with mace; and his leg irons were pulled with such force that he fell and hit his head.  Two of the correctional defendants then began choking and hitting him, while two others observed without intervening.  Mr. Spencer is asserting claims under the Eighth Amendment and state law and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

If interested in working on this case, please send an e-mail to efile_bivins@alsd.uscourts.gov.