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.

  • Justin VanDera

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 08/28/2018

    Plaintiff is an inmate at Fox Lake Correctional Institution.  His claims are about his time at Waupun Correctional Institution: he alleges that staff disregarded his thoughts of self-harm and placed him in an unsanitary observation cell. Some of his claims are set for trial, while others may be the subject of supplemental summary judgment briefing.  Included are his amended complaint and the court's order which provides an overview of the case and grants his motion to recruit counsel.

  • Timothy Talley

    14-cv-783-jdp and 17-cv-670-jdp

    Plaintiff Timothy Talley, an inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution, currently has two cases before the court. In case no. 14-cv-783-jdp, Talley brings Eighth Amendment and Rehabilitation Act claims against prison officials for failing to properly treat and accommodate his painful spine condition. In case no. 17-cv-760-jdp, he brings Eighth Amendment, First Amendment retaliation, and Wisconsin-law negligence claims regarding the prison’s medication-distribution system that caused him to receive incorrect medication. The parties have expressed interest in mediating the cases together. The court seeks counsel to represent Talley at mediation.  Included is the summary judgment order in ’14 case and the original and amended screening orders in ’17 case.

  • Ivan Johnson

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 08/24/2017

    Plaintiff Ivan Johnson, a prisoner incarcerated at Columbia Correctional Institution, brings an Eighth Amendment medical care claim against a nurse at his previous prison, Waupun Correctional Institution, for withholding medication prescribed him by an outside doctor following stomach surgery. The court denied in part defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Counsel is needed for trial.

  • La'Mont Walker

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 06/22/2016

    Plaintiff La’Mont Walker is currently a prisoner at United States Penitentiary, Big Sandy. Walker alleges that when he was incarcerated at Wisconsin Secure Program Facility, Wisconsin Department of Corrections employees violated his Eighth Amendment rights by failing to provide him with an extra mattress or other accommodations for his chronic back pain. Included are the complaint and the court’s orders screening the complaint and ruling on the parties’ first and second summary judgment motions.

  • Booker Shipp

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 07/30/2018

    Plaintiff Booker T. Shipp is an inmate at New Lisbon Correctional Institution. Shipp alleges that a dentist at the prison failed to fully extract one of his teeth and then delayed in correcting the mistake by failing to extract the rest of the tooth until months later, after it had become infected and caused him severe pain. Shipp brings claims under the Eighth Amendment and under Wisconsin medical malpractice law. Attached are the  complaint and the court’s orders screening the complaint and partially denying defendant’s motion for summary judgment.

  • Christian Aguirre-Hodge

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 03/12/2019

    Plaintiff Christian Aguirre-Hodge, a prisoner at New Lisbon Correctional Institution, alleges that staff at Fox Lake Correctional Institution ignored his need for a knee-replacement surgery, delaying the surgery for about a year. All deadlines in this case are currently stayed due to Aguirre-Hodge’s vision problems. Attached are the court’s orders screening the complaint and appointing counsel, as well as one of plaintiff’s filings discussing the extent of his vision problems.