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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.
 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

3:17-cv-00036-SLG; Powell v. Goslin, et al.
Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging inadequate health care by Department of Corrections staff regarding treatment of prisoner’s shoulder injury and staph infection. A pro bono attorney would be helpful in navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

3:18-cv-00211-RRB; Wagoner v. Dahlstrom, et al.
Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging that the Department of Corrections has refused to provide Wagoner with medical and mental health care for gender dysphoria and gender dysphoria related injuries. A pro bono attorney would be helpful in drafting an amended complaint, navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

3:18-cv-249-RRB; Jones v. More, et al.
Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging that correctional officers failed to protect him from harm from other inmates.  A pro bono attorney would be helpful in drafting an amended complaint, navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

3:19-cv-151-RRB; Hernandez v. Lord, et al.
Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging inadequate health care by Department of Corrections staff regarding treatment of prisoner’s leg injury.  A pro bono attorney would be helpful in navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

3:19-cv-270-RRB; Dreves v. Dahlstrom, et al.
Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging disability discrimination and inadequate health care due to Department of Corrections policy regarding the treatment of opioid use disorder.  A pro bono attorney would be helpful in drafting an amended complaint, navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

3:19-cv-307-TMB; Kone v. Brown, et al.
Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging racial discrimination, employment discrimination, and First Amendment violations by prison staff.  A pro bono attorney is primarily needed for the assistance of drafting an amended complaint and motions practice.  Additional assistance would be helpful for navigating discovery, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

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

 If you are interested in volunteering for a case please contact:

  • Eva Gardner (eva@anchorlaw.com)
  • Susan Orlansky (Susano@reevesamodio.com)