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Pro Bono Representation

In 2011, 356 cases were filed in the Western District of Wisconsin by plaintiffs representing themselves.  The great majority of these cases were prisoners alleging denial of their civil rights.  In some cases, the court has determined that obtaining representation for the plaintiff is important.


The Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association assists the court in finding attorneys to volunteer in cases where a judge finds that representation is warranted.  The WDBA Pro Se/Pro Bono Committee maintains a list of attorneys who are willing to serve as pro bono counsel, and helps the court find lawyers who are willing to volunteer in appropriate cases.


The Committee also administers a fund for reimbursing volunteer attorneys for some of their out-of-pocket costs.  Attorneys who agree to take a pro bono appointment should fill out this form for approval of reimbursement by the presiding judge.  The court's procedures for reimbursement of expenses are available here.