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Proposed Local Civil Rule Change

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is seeking comments on a new proposed local rule.
 
Comments will be accepted until midnight March 31, 2017.
  
The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is seeking comments on a new proposed local rule.  Proposed Local Civil Rule 83.4 is intended to facilitate pro bono volunteer opportunities in prisoner civil rights cases.  The District Court has recently begun a pilot pro bono project for these litigants.  While proposed Local Rule 83.4 was initially drafted with only prisoner civil rights cases in mind, in its final proposed form, the proposed local rule is broadly written so that attorneys will be able to volunteer their time in an unpaid but limited capacity in any type of federal civil case with the court’s approval.
 
The Court welcomes feedback on proposed Local Civil Rule 83.4 and the Administrative Guidelines for its prisoner pro bono program.  Please email your comments to the Court’s pro se staff attorney:  Catherine_Rogers@akd.uscourts.gov .  If you prefer to submit comments anonymously, please mail your comments to:
 
U.S. District Court
Re:  Rule 83.4 Comments
222 West 7th Ave., Box 4
Anchorage, Alaska 99513
 
   Local Rule 83.4  Limited Appearance by Pro Bono Counsel in Certain Civil Cases.

  1. The court may at its discretion appoint volunteer pro bono counsel for self-represented litigants in civil cases if a volunteer attorney is available.

  2. The appointment may be all-purpose or limited in scope. Limited-scope appointments may be made for such purposes as amendment of the pleadings, settlement conferences, dispositive motions, depositions, discovery, hearings, trial, or any other function the court deems appropriate.

  3. Upon conclusion of a limited-scope representation, the appointed attorney may withdraw by filing a notice with the court, served on all parties of record.

Prisoner Pro Bono Guidelines.pdf
LocalRule83-4.pdf