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Federal Pro Bono Project

The Federal Pro Bono Project connects attorneys interested in limited-scope volunteer opportunities with prisoner civil rights cases filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Cases qualify for assistance based on whether the litigant is incarcerated and has filed in forma pauperis or otherwise demonstrated an inability to afford counsel; the likelihood of success on the merits; and the ability of the litigant to articulate claims for themselves in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved.
 
Program Guidelines and Local Rule 83.4, which allows for limited-scope representation: 
MGO 17-03 THE ADOPTION OF LOCAL CIVIL RULE 83.4 FOR THE DISTRICTOF ALASKA
 
A free continuing legal education program designed to prepare volunteer attorneys will be held Friday, September 29, 2017. For registration and more information please see The Alaska Bar Website. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering for a case please contact:

  • Catherine Rogers (Catherine_Rogers@akd.uscourts.gov, 677-6135)
  • Susan Orlansky (Susano@reevesamodio.com)
  • Eva Gardner (eva@anchorlaw.com)

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities
 
3:16-cv-00223-RRB, Bradshaw v. Nyholm, et al.
Federal civil rights case challenges idea that prisoner safety is a privilege. Case involves Department of Corrections’ use of solitary confinement, duty to protect, gang presence at Spring Creek Correctional Center, and process by which prisoners become eligible for protective custody. Federal Pro Bono Project volunteers have drafted an amended complaint, which has been served. U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

3:17-cv-00154-RRB, Helveston v. Brooks, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns allegations that prisoner was infected by a dentist with chronic hepatitis C while housed at Spring Creek Correctional Center and has not received medical care as agreed to in a previous court case's settlement. Complaint is in the process of being served; the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

3:17-cv-00036-SLG, Powell v. Goslin, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns allegations of inadequate health care by Department of Corrections staff regarding treatment of prisoner’s shoulder injury and staph infection. The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for representation limited to discovery, a motion for preliminary injunction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65, settlement negotiations, or any other scope of representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake.

3:17-cv-00053-SLG, Revet v. Horton, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns prisoner’s allegations that deductions are being made from his trust account without his authorization and in violation of Department of Corrections policy and procedures. Complaint is in the process of being served; the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).