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.

  • 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.

  • Troy Stoik


    Looking for counsel since 12/10/2020

    Plaintiff Troy Stoik is proceeding on Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference claims again two employees at Fox Lake Correctional Institution for failing to provide appropriate medical treatment for his arthritis, bursitis and tennis elbow.  He has survived summary judgment, and the trial was stayed pending recruitment of counsel.  Attached please find the court’s summary judgment decision and order granting recruitment of counsel.

  • Charles Sheppard


    Recruiting counsel since March 2021

    Plaintiff Charles Sheppard is proceeding on Eighth Amendment and state law claims against 4 WSPF employees for terminating his long-standing pain prescription and failing to respond to his subsequent reports of withdrawal symptoms.  Sheppard has survived summary judgment.   The trial date has been struck pending recruitment of counsel.  Attached are the court’s summary judgment decision and screening order.

  • Juan Nieto


    Plaintiff Juan Nieto is an inmate at Stanley Correctional Institution. Several Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference and medical malpractice claims survived summary judgment and are headed to trial. They concern prison staff’s failure to diagnose two broken toes for several years. His first language is Spanish and he doesn’t appear to be fluent in English, so a Spanish-speaking attorney would be helpful.

  • Regis Grice


    Plaintiff Regis Grice, a prisoner at Waupun Correctional Institution, is proceeding to trial on Eighth Amendment medical care deliberate indifference claims against five Waupun officials who were members of a committee that denied plaintiff a thick or extra mattress on January 17, 2019, despite plaintiff’s diagnosis with severe degenerative joint disease in his left hip.  This claim survived summary judgment, and the trial schedule was stayed pending recruitment of counsel.

  • Anthony Heard Jr.


    Looking for counsel since 11/15/2021.

    Plaintiff Anthony Heard, Jr. was granted leave to proceed on claims that prison medical staff at WSPF delayed in treating his severe leg swelling, exacerbating the problem and caused him pain.  Heard is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, which while not part of the case, is limiting his ability to litigate it.  Currently pending are defendants motions for summary judgment.  The court will reset the case schedule, including briefing deadlines after counsel has been recruited.   Attached are the complaint, screening order and order granting recruitment of counsel