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.

  • Jeffrey Leiser

    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

    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.

  • Robert Alexander

    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

    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.   

  • Erick Peterson

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 08/31/2108

    Plaintiff Erick Peterson is proceeding on grounds that several corrections officers used excessive force against him, and a physician and a nurse failed to give him adequate medical care.  He has survived summary judgment.  The next step is recruiting counsel and resetting the trial date.  Included are the order for recruitment of counsel, the summary judgment decision, and the amended complaint.

  • Timothy Talley

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 10/23/2018

    Plaintiff Timothy Talley is currently incarcerated at Columbia Correctional Institution.  He underwent a spinal fusion surgery and claims that he suffers such severe pain that he cannot walk without assistance.  His lawsuit alleges deliberate indifference to severe pain and his physical condition.  Some of his claims survived summary judgment because the facts provided raise complex issues concerning the adequacy of treatment plaintiff received for his pain, and the accommodations he received.  The trial date has been struck pending recruitment of trial counsel.  Included are the summary judgment decision, screening order, and complaint.

  • James Kirk

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 04/04/2018

    Plaintiff is proceeding on 8th Amendment claims that he was denied adequate medical treatment for a serious heart condition by various defendants at Jackson Correctional Institution.  The case is stayed pending recruitment of counsel.  The next step would be a new scheduling conference to reset all dates, including filing any dispositive motions.

  • 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.

  • Gabriel Ramirez

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 12/29/2016

    Plaintiff Gabriel Ramirez (housed at Fox Lake Correctional Institution) is proceeding to trial on claims that two Dane County Jail Deputies used excessive force against him during a cell extraction in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Included are the screening order, summary judgment order, and order recruiting 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.

  • Trayvon Smith

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 04/17/2017

    Plaintiff Trayvon Smith has survived summary judgment on claims of excessive force, inadequate medical care, and forced dental work arising out of time when he was incarcerated at Lincoln Hills School for Boys. The next step is recruitment of trial counsel.  Included is the court’s summary judgment decision, screening order and complaint.

  • Thomas McKee

    Date Granted Leave to Proceed: 10/17/2018

    Plaintiff McKee is challenging a behavior modification plan at Waupun Correctional Institution under which he was held in full body restraints for more than a month.  The court is looking for pro bono representation for motions practice and trial.  Attached are the court’s screening order and order recruiting counsel.