Available Pro Bono Cases

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 Western District of Wisconsin is looking for attorneys to volunteer to assist pro se parties with legal services on a pro bono basis. If an attorney, or firm, would like to volunteer legal services, but these cases are not a good fit, the Court will keep your name, or the name of your firm, on a list to contact about future representation.

These cases have passed screening, and the Court is requesting volunteers to represent on a limited or full-case basis, as identified. Please contact Melissa Hardin at 608-261-5718 with interest or questions.

  • William Teas

    16-cv-452
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 03/22/2017

    Plaintiff William Teas is proceeding on various claims against officials at Columbia Correctional Institution regarding appropriate treatment and accommodations for various medical conditions related to his back. The scheduling order in this case was struck before dispositve motions were due. Once counsel is recruited, the next step would be a new scheduling conference. Included are the amended complaint (which is the operative pleading), amended screening order, and order recruiting counsel.              

  • Mustafa-El Ajala

    16-cv-639-bbc
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 05/16/2017

    Plaintiff Mustafa-El Ajala is proceeding on an Eighth Amendment and state law claims of failure to provide adequate treatment for his hypercalcemia and hyperparathyroidism against WSPF and UW Hospital & Clinics. All deadlines have been stayed pending recruitment of counsel. The next step is a new scheduling conference, to include dates for filing dispositive motions. See the Amended Complaint, Order Recruiting Cousel and the Order on Claims Proceeding Forward.

  • Elbert Compton

    12-cv-837-jdp
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 03/28/2017

    Plaintiff, Elbert Compton, a prisoner currently housed at the Waupun Correctional Institution, alleges that prison officials and outside medical personnel have failed for years to provide adequate medical treatment for a finger he broke while playing basketball. Several of Compton’s claims were dismissed for his failure to exhaust administrative remedies. The court concluded that counsel would be needed to assist Compton in litigating potentially complex medical issues concerning the rest of this claims. Included are Compton’s amended complaint, the court’s order screening that complaint, and the court’s order ruling on the exhaustion motion.

  • Steed, Fields, Northern, and Pittman

    14-cv-747-jdp and 15-cv-055-jdp
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 03/28/2017

    Four former prisoners at the New Lisbon Correctional Institution jointly bring claims that they were harmed by the prison policy directing correctional officers to distribute medication: officers’ mistakes in the type or amount of prescription medication they distributed harmed each plaintiff. Included are plaintiffs’ amended complaint, the court’s order screening that complaint, and the court’s order ruling on recruitment of counsel and denying transfer to the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

    Robert Steed has a companion case (15-cv-055-jdp) where he is proceeding on a similar – but distinct – challenge to medication distribution policies at the same institution. At this early stage, the court is packaging them together when asking for volunteer counsel. Plaintiff's complaint and screening order are included.

  • Jeffrey Leiser

    15-cv-328-slc
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 09/14/2017

    In Leiser v. Hannula, plaintiff Jeffrey Leiser is currently incarcerated at the New Lisbon Correctional Institution. He is proceeding to trial on Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference and Wisconsin negligence and malpractice claims against multiple individuals involved in treating Leiser's back problems while he was incarcerated at Stanley Correctional Institution. On September 14, 2017, the court granted in part and denied in part defendants' motion for summary judgment, and the claims that remain for trial are against one of Leiser's treating physicians and multiple nurses. The court granted Leiser's request for assistance in recruiting counsel and stayed the case, so the next step is for the court to set a scheduling conference to reset all trial-related deadlines. Included are plaintiff's complaint and the screening order.

  • Juan Nieto

    16-cv-163-jdp
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 03/20/2018

    In Nieto v. Dittman, plaintiff Juan Nieto's first language is Spanish -- he knows some English, but it appears he isn't fluent, so a Spanish-speaking attorney would be helpful. Several Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference & medical malpractice claims survived summary judgment and are headed to trial. Plaintiff's claims concern prison staff's failure to diagnose two broken toes for several years. Included is plaintiff's complaint.

  • Johnson Carter

    16-cv-252-wmc
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 04/20/2018

    In Carter v. Griggs, plaintiff Johnson Carter is proceeding on claims under the Eighth Amendment and Wisconsin negligence claims against defendant Carla Griggs for her alleged failure to treat his collarbone and shoulder injury while he was incarcerated at Jackson Correctional Institution. Mr. Carter has survived summary judgment and the trial date was struck pending recruitment of counsel. Included are Mr. Carter's complaint and screening order.

  • Robert Alexander

    17-cv-861-jdp
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 05/25/2018

    Plaintiff Robert Alexander is proceeding on deliberate indifference claims against his former & current DOC doctors concerning delay in treating his throat cancer and failure to provide him with sufficient pain medication. Mr. Alexander cannot hear or speak - he communicates by writing. Included is the screening order.

  • Charles Spangler

    16-cv-312-jdp
    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 07/29/2018

    Plaintiff Charles Spangler suffers from various physical and mental impairments and was found disabled by a Social Security Administrative Law Judge.  When detained at the Eau Claire County Jail, he claims the jail denied his requests for accommodation resulting from its policy locking detainees out of their cell twice a day for 4 hours at a time. Spangler was allowed to proceed on Fourteenth Amendment claims against jail officials, a doctor, and a nurse at the jail.  Most of his claims have survived summary judgment.  All remaining dates have been stayed, the next step is a scheduling conference to reset the trial date. Included are the amended complaint, the screening order, and order on summary judgment.