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Pro Bono Opportunities for Attorneys

Wisconsin SCR 31.05(7) states that an attorney may claim one CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono work, up to six credits per reporting period. The Eastern District of Wisconsin has pro bono opportunities available in a number of areas, including prisoner and non-prisoner civil rights cases, Title VII cases, and other discrimination cases. The court also recruits attorneys for the limited purpose of representing civil pro se litigants in mediations, as well as other limited-scope representations. The court is currently looking for pro bono volunteers for the following cases:

Limited Scope Representation:

  • King v. Gonzalez, 18-cv-744-WCG. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner plaintiff who alleges that the defendants violated his rights under federal and state law because an earplug broke off in his ear and was left there for several days, resulting in pain and hearing difficulties. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff for the limited purpose of assisting the plaintiff in identifying the Doe defendants. If you would like more information about this case, please contact Jennifer Dudzik at Jennifer_Dudzik@wied.uscourts.gov.
  • Guitron v. Stronget al., 18-cv-1072-NJ. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a former-prisoner plaintiff who alleges that the defendants violated his constitutional rights when they kept him awake all night by slamming doors, or allowing them to close loudly, in the prison. Summary judgment was granted for all but two defendants. Please see Judge Joseph's decision and order on summary judgment. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff for the limited purpose of pursuing settlement through mediation with the remaining defendants. If you would like more information about this case, please email Ryan Melcher at Ryan_Melcher@wied.uscourts.gov.

Discovery, Draft/Respond to Dispositive Motions, and Pursue Settlement:

  • Atwater v. Grossman, 19-cv-363-WED. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner plaintiff who alleges that the defendants were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs when they failed to treat his diagnosed broken hand, causing it to heal with a deformity. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff by conducting discovery as needed and by responding to dispositive motions. See Judge Duffin’s order appointing counsel. If you want more information about this case, please email Brinda Bair at Brinda_Bair@wied.uscourts.gov.  
  • Mursal v. Ratchman, 19-cv-1367-LA-WED. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner plaintiff who speaks limited English. Plaintiff alleges a prison nurse failed to send him to the emergency room for a self-inflicted wound in violation of his constitutional rights. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff in conducting discovery and responding to a motion for summary judgment. If you want more information about this case, please email Allison Cimpl-Wiemer at Allison_Cimpl-Wiemer@wied.uscourts.gov.
  • Staten v. Zimmer, et al., 19-cv-1836-WED. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner plaintiff who alleges that prison staff violated his constitutional rights by failing to protect him from self-harm, providing inadequate medical care, and retaliating against him for filing inmate complaints. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff in conducting discovery and responding to a motion for summary judgment. If you want more information about this case, please email Allison Cimpl-Wiemer at Allison_Cimpl-Wiemer@wied.uscourts.gov.
  • Hampton v. Foster, 19-cv-688-NJ. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner plaintiff who alleges that the defendants (1) were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs by denying him his prescription medication and (2) failed to protect him by placing him in a cell with a pen insert that he used to harm himself. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff by conducting discovery as needed and by responding to dispositive motions. Please contact Jennifer Dudzik at Jennifer_Dudzik@wied.uscourts.gov for more information about this case.
  • Tujibikila v. Naef, 19-cv-192-WCG. Section 1983. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner plaintiff who alleges that the defendants were deliberately indifferent towards his health and safety when they over-sprayed a chemical irritant during a cell extraction of another inmate. Discovery is complete. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff by responding to dispositive motions (not yet filed) and/or possible mediation upon agreement of the parties. If you want more information about this case, please email Brinda Bair at Brinda_Bair@wied.uscourts.gov.    

 Trial 

  • Rones v. Schlosstein, 19-cv-246-LA. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner who alleges that a correctional officer was deliberately indifferent to his head injury. The plaintiff's claim survived summary judgment. Please see Judge Adelman's summary judgment decision. The lawyer would represent the plainitff at trial or mediation, depending on the agreement of the parties. If you would like more informaiton about this case, please email Allison Cimpl-Wiemer at Allison_Cimpl-Wiemer@wied.uscourts.gov.
  • Walker v. Hernandez, 19-cv-144-LA. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a pre-trial detainee who alleges that a correctional officer used excessive force against him. The plaintiff's claim survived summary judgment. Please see Judge Adelman's summary judgment decision. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff at trial or mediation, depending on the agreement of the parties. If you would like more information about this case, please email Allison Cimpl-Wiemer at Allison_Cimpl-Wiemer@wied.uscourts.gov
  • Williams v. Blasius, et al., 16-cv-614-LA. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner who alleges that a nurse practitioner and a doctor at Racine Correctional Institution delayed his treatment for a knee injury and failed to comply with other doctors’ orders regarding his treatment. Summary judgment was granted for all other defendants. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff at trial or mediation, depending on the agreement of the parties. If you want more information about this case, please email Ryan Melcher at Ryan_Melcher@wied.uscourts.gov.
  • Dominguez-Torres v. Dittmann, et al., 18-cv-1322-LA. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner who alleges that a registered nurse at Dodge Correctional Institution was deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs. Two defendants were dismissed at summary judgment, but one claim survived against the remaining defendant. Please see Judge Duffin's report and recommendation. Discovery has closed and will not reopen. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff at trial. If you would like more information about this case, please email Ryan Melcher at Ryan_Melcher@wied.uscourts.gov.
  • Braithwaite v. Bille, 17-cv-706-PP. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner who alleges that correctional officers failed to prevent him from harming himself. The plaintiff's claim survived summary judgment against three defendants. Please see Judge Pepper's order granting in part the defendants' motion for summary judgment. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff during possible settlement discussions or at trial. If you would like more information about this case, please email Jennifer Dudzik at Jennifer_Dudzik@wied.uscourts.gov
  • Collins v. Webster, 18-cv-1684-WED. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner who alleges that a correctional officer at the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility was deliberately indifferent to his health and safety when he provided the prisoner medication he was not allowed to have. The court denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment. Please see Judge Duffin's decision and order. Discovery has closed and will not reopen. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff at trial. If you would like more information about this case, please email Ryan Melcher at Ryan_Melcher@wied.uscourts.gov.
  • Clark v. Winters et al, 18-cv-809-JPS. Section 1983 claim. The court is looking for a lawyer to represent a prisoner who alleges that a defendants were deliberately indifferent when he was denied prescribed psychotropic medication while on suicide observation. The plaintiff's claim survived summary judgment. Please see Judge Stadtmueller's summary judgment decision. The lawyer would represent the plaintiff at a two- to three-day trial. Mediation is possible upon agreement of the parties.  If you would like more information about this case, please email Katina Austin at Katina_Austin@wied.uscourts.gov.