Available Cases – Volunteer Opportunities and Pro Bono Assistance

Pursuant to recently adopted Administrative Order 2014-14, the Court is revamping its process for obtaining pro bono counsel for pro se litigants. Please check back in the near future for further information. In the meantime, inquiries should be directed to FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Available Cases:

Crossroads Financial, LLC v. Alma-Mater Collection, Inc. et al (15-CV-81095-KAM )

Plaintiff, who provides businesses with inventory and purchase order financing, has sued five Defendants, three of which need representation. Plaintiff alleges that it and one of the Defendants entered into a purchase order finance agreement in which Plaintiff provided this Defendant with financing to enable it to acquire goods for resale. Plaintiff alleges that this Defendant breached the finance agreement and that two other Defendants breached guarantees related to the agreement. Discovery has recently begun. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Ledea v. Metro-Dade County Police Department et al (13-CV-23117-UU)

The plaintiff is suing police officers alleging excessive use of force during his arrest on two separate occasions. He claims that the two instances are somehow linked because he has been allegedly had difficulties with Miami police and Miami-Dade police. In December 2009 he was arrested during a prostitution sting and alleges that the officers beat him. In November 2010 he was arrested for possession of cocaine, aggravated fleeing and resisting arrest. The defendants in the November 2010 incident filed a motion to dismiss which it has been recommended be denied.  The defendants in the 2009 incident have not been served although service is now outstanding since they have been properly identified as City of Miami officers.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Coleman v. Florida Department of Children & Families et al (14-CV-61019-WJZ)

Plaintiff has brought suit against the three named defendants claiming his constitutional rights were violated due to his involuntary civil commitment for eleven months predicated on a false and defective psychological report. The final amended complaint has been screened, and discovery is ongoing.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Dewitt v. Pena (15-CV-21094-MGC)

The Plaintiff, who is incarcerated at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Lake City, Florida, filed a Section 1983 complaint alleging that a Miami-Dade police officer used excessive force during his arrest by slamming his face on the back of a patrol car while he was handcuffed. He claims that he is disabled under the Americans with Disabilities and suffered severe abrasions to his face, eyes, and head, swelling on the right side of his brain, severe head trauma, neck pain, blurred vision and severe chronic headaches. He seeks damages for mental and physical pain, past medical costs, and future medical costs. The complaint passed initial screening and the Defendant has filed an answer. Discovery closes on February 22, 2106, and dispositive motions are due on March 28, 2016.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Smith v. Public Storage (15-CV-62285-BB)

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Plaintiff has filed a personal injury suit related to an incident during his storage lease with Defendant Public Storage. Plaintiff requests relief due to the alleged negative treatment by Public Storage’s employees that he alleges aggravated his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder symptoms, which are associated with his time in the U.S. Air Force. Plaintiff asserts diversity jurisdiction. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Sherlock v. Fontainbleau (15-CV-24593-JAL)

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Plaintiff seeks representation for employment discrimination on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. After exhausting administrative remedies, she requests relief for claims of hostile work environment and wrongful termination from her employment on the basis of race and in retaliation for filing her EEOC complaint.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Levine v. Hernandez (15-CV-21220-JAL)

The Plaintiff, who is incarcerated at the South Florida Reception Center, filed a Section 1983 complaint alleging deliberate indifference to a serious medical need. He claims that he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia prior to his incarceration and was treated with prescription medication. The Florida Department of Corrections substituted non-prescription medication when he entered custody in March, 2010, and discontinued all pain medication without cause in April 2014. He claims that the discontinuation of medication has resulted in pain and a pronounced limp. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages, declaratory judgment, and the immediate issuance of appropriate pain medication. The amended complaint has passed initial screening and the three defendants remaining in the case filed answers. A motion to dismiss was filed on November 12, 2015, and remains pending. Discovery closes on April 8, 2016, and motions to dismiss and for summary judgment are due on May 13, 2016. The pro se Plaintiff claims that he requires the assistance of counsel because he lacks the expertise to litigate the case, and because he is being denied legal mail while he is on disciplinary confinement for three months.

If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Gomez v. Lee (15-CV-62680-BB)

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Plaintiff seeks representation for employment discrimination on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. After exhausting administrative remedies, he requests relief for claims of hostile work environment and wrongful termination from his employment with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

 

Pinkerton v. Deputy M.C. Maicon et al (14-cv-60849-JIC)

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The Plaintiff, who is incarcerated at the Broward County Main Jail, filed a Section 1983 complaint alleging excessive force during an arrest. He was a burglary suspect when a sheriff’s deputy allowed a police dog to bite his head and face for several minutes after he had surrendered and lay down on the ground. He alleges that he required medical treatment including fifty-one stitches to his head and face, and that he has suffered permanent disfigurement and nerve damage to his head, face and right eye. He seeks $1,000,000 in damages and attorney’s fees. Discovery has closed, the Defendant’s motion to dismiss was denied, and the Plaintiff’s pretrial statement is due on January 5, 2016. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Ogris v. Broward County, et al. (15-CV-61395-JIC)

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The Plaintiff, who is incarcerated at the Broward County Main Jail, seeks assistance in filing a facially sufficient Section 1983 complaint. He appears to allege the use of excessive force against a mentally ill person during arrest, deliberate indifference, and/or unconstitutional conditions of confinement. The amended complaint and financial records supporting his motion to proceed in forma pauperis are due on January 5, 2016. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Picardat v. City of Miami et al (15-CV-24305-DPG)

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Plaintiff brings claims against the City of Miami and various individual police officers, alleging civil rights violations arising from a vehicle stop. The Plaintiff alleges that the stop resulted in unreasonable search and seizure and the use of excessive force. This case is presently in the preliminary stages, awaiting service on the Defendants. If interested, please contact: gayles@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Succar v. Duverger (14-CV-61202-DPG)

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Plaintiff alleges Defendant defamed him.  Defendant is in default, but the Court has ordered a trial on damages.  Defendant seeks representation for the trial on damages, set for December 14, 2015. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Townson v. Mr. Scarpetti et al (15-CV-14102-RLR)

This 1983 suit involves an Eighth Amendment claim of deliberate indifference to a serious medical need claim and punitive damage claim arising from the named Defendant’s failure to honor and abide by his pre-confinement DC6-229 form, medical profile, and low bunk pass, requiring that he be assigned to a low bunk and low tier housing due to his diagnosed, history of severe epileptic seizures. The complaint has been screened under the PLRA, service ordered, and defendants have filed answers and/or motions to quash.

The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c). Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Lawrence v. Veterans Administration et al (14-CV-23930-MGC)

Pro se Plaintiff is suing Defendants for negligence related to her cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.  Plaintiff alleges that Defendants violated their standards of care and that Plaintiff remains in pain as a result. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Titus v. Miami Dade County Water and Sewer (15-CV-22316-MGC)

Pro se Plaintiff is suing Defendant for alleged race, religion, age, and national origin discrimination in his job interviews for a a Pipefitter Supervisor position at Defendant’s company.  Plaintiff alleges that other, less-qualified applicants were successful in gaining higher-level employment while she was discriminated against by her employers despite having better licensing credentials. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Williams v. Santiago et al (15-CV-60818-WPD)

In this Section 1983 civil rights case, the incarcerated pro se plaintiff alleges that the named defendants needlessly punched his eye and kicked him to the ground during his arrest. He claims that the use of excessive force injured his sinus cavity which required surgery and has caused migraine headaches, flashbacks, and numbness. The case has passed preliminary screening and is pending against ten police officers. Discovery is underway and one motion to dismiss is pending. The pro se plaintiff claims that he is having difficulty obtaining the records he requires in discovery.

The Court is seeking an attorney to represent the plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c). Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Malik v. Wexford Health Services, Inc. et al (14-CV-23204-JLK)

In this 1983 case, the incarcerated pro se plaintiff alleges that the named defendants have been deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs, providing no treatment for his neuropathy, and claiming it has been over a year since he has had a follow-up exam regarding his HDL-C, causing his hypertension to go unmanaged and become life threatening. He further claims there is a policy in place at the state operated, but privately managed medical facility at Everglades CI, of providing cursory or minimal medical care management, and ignoring or failing to adequately treat medical conditions, as a cost saving measure. The case is proceeding on claims of deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, and that the punitive damages claim also proceed. All defendants, with the exception of Louissant have been served and have filed answers. As to Louissant, the Marshal is attempted to serve that defendant with process. The case is in the discovery phase as to all other defendants.

The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c).  Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Green v. Heller et al (15-80404-CV-DMM)

The plaintiff, Dale Toby Green, while confined at South Bay Correctional Facility, has filed a pro se civil rights complaint, pursuant to 42 U.S.C., Section 1983.  The case is proceeding as to defendants Dr. Jules Heller, Medical Director at South Bay Correctional Facility, and Nurse John Wade, on plaintiff’s claim of denial of adequate medical care.  Plaintiff claims the foregoing defendants have been deliberately indifferent to his medical conditions by failing to provide him proper medical care and treatment.  Specifically, plaintiff asserts defendants Heller and Wade have ignored repeated recommendations to treat his tightening skin resulting from burns to over 80% of his body that he sustained as a child.

The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c). Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Artiste v. Broward College (15-61788-CV-JIC)

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Description: Plaintiff, a former Curriculum Support Specialist at Broward College’s South Campus, has brought suit against Broward College for employment discrimination and retaliation on the basis of race.  Plaintiff proceeds pro se and has requested the assistance of counsel.  The Court accordingly seeks an attorney who can represent Plaintiff in this action, which is in its early stages.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

USA v. Carl Watts (10-20656-CR-PAS)

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Judge Seitz is seeking a volunteer pro bono lawyer to assist in the case described below.  It is not the type of case for which assistance usually is requested in Federal Court but is a test case as part of the Court Assisted Reentry (C.A.R.E.) Court pilot that the Southern District approved last week to assist released defendants reintegrate more successfully into the community.

Defendant Carl Watts is on supervised release.  As part of his additional conditions of supervised release, he must obtain a modification of his two state court child support orders for reinstatement of his driver’s license. The lack of a driver’s license limits his employment options. The state attorney is involved because Mr. Watts is in arrears on both orders due to his incarceration. He has started the modification process. One order pertains to his oldest minor daughter and the second to his four other minor children. He is presently employed on a temporary basis and is looking for permanent work.

At the continuation of his revocation hearing yesterday, Mr. Watts advised that because he does not have the funds to hire a lawyer, the process takes longer. The Court advised him that it would seek a pro bono lawyer to assist him with the modification process with a goal of having the modifications entered in both cases by the next hearing on his revocation set for January 19, 2016.  The Family Court and State Attorney case numbers for the cases are: (1) for the four children:   2005-005818-FC04, State Case No. 132005DR00581800004; and (2) for his eldest daughter: 2001-020050-FC-04 and State Case No. 132001DR020050000004.  His Assistant Federal Public Defender is: Abigail Becker.  The AUSA is: Maria Medetis.  His US Probation Officer is Ann Roman.

If interested, please contact either FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov or Judge Seitz’s Courtroom Deputy Clara Foster at Clara_Foster@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Tuer v. Broward County Jail et al (13-CV-62732-DPG)

Plaintiff alleges Defendants Dr. Errol Campbell and Nurse Johnson were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs.  After an initial screening, the Court has permitted this claim to proceed.  Defendant Campbell was served on October 1, 2015. If interested, please contact: Gayles@flsd.uscourts.gov

Alfonso v. Resource Centers, LLC et al (15-CV-62077-UU)

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Pro se plaintiff filed this lawsuit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 alleging that defendants unlawfully withheld his accrued benefits and violated their fiduciary duty to plaintiff in protecting his vested benefits. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Timmon v. Sun Trolley (15-CV-60905-BB)

Plaintiff alleges that Defendant, who operates a transportation service partially funded by the City of Fort Lauderdale, discriminated through its employee drivers against her on the basis of her race, ethnicity and gender.  Plaintiff allegedly notified Defendant, who provided sensitivity training for its employees. The discrimination nevertheless continued, leading  Plaintiff to file suit.  Case was originally dismissed on Plaintiff’s motion, following an out-out-court settlement.  On later motion by Plaintiff to which Defendant did not respond, that settlement was vacated because (a) Defendant, in bad faith, procured the settlement through fraud or malfeasance and (b) Defendant had breached and failed to abide by the terms of the settlement: Defendant’s discriminatory conduct did not cease, but rather, increased.  Plaintiff’s motion to proceed IFP has been granted.  USM has been directed to perfect service of process and certain court documents upon Defendant. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Ruiz v. Wing et al (15-22618-CV-UU)

The Plaintiff sues various officers arising out of their unlawful use of force during Plaintiff’s 2014 arrest. The Complaint has been screened, however, Plaintiff has sought the request of a volunteer lawyer to assist in perfecting an amended complaint and conducting discovery. The case is presently in the preliminary stages, with service being perfected since Plaintiff has been granted pauper status. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Pierre v. Israel, et al. (15-61812-CV-WPD)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed this civil rights suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C., Section 1983, against correctional and medical personnel employed by the Broward County Main Jail, arising from claims of unlawful use of force, failure to intervene, and deliberate indifference to a serious medical need  stemming from a July 14, 2015,  incident.  The case has been screened and service has been ordered. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Kozich v. Deibert (15-61386-CV-WPD)

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Pro se Plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants regarding his tenancy and the non-renewal of his apartment lease, which is subject to the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Grantley v. Jones et al. (15-22724-CV-JAL)

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Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, against corrections officers and nurses at the Miami-Dade Pretrial Detention Center. He alleges that he was beaten twice by several corrections officers, that other officers failed to intervene, and that he was denied medical attention for his injuries. The complaint has passed initial screening and service is underway. The Plaintiff currently resides at Santa Rosa C.I. in Milton, Florida. He claims that he needs the assistance of an attorney because he suffers from severe vision loss, is prohibited from corresponding with inmate witnesses, and is unable to access the law library or obtain the assistance of prison law clerks because of his close management status.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Perez v. Trust Security Services, Inc. et (15-CV-21203-JLK)

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The Court is seeking an attorney to assist Defendant, proceeding pro se, in defending against claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act to recover unpaid overtime compensation.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Cohn v. Davie Police Department et al (15-60080-CV-JIC)

Plaintiff, a prisoner of the Florida Department of Corrections, brings this Section 1983 suit against four Broward County police officers.  Plaintiff alleges that during his arrest, these officers used excessive force despite Plaintiff’s efforts to explain that he suffers from debilitating muscular dystrophy.  Plaintiff alleges head injuries that required stitches, and a cracked tooth.  Plaintiff proceeds in forma pauperis.  His claims against the individual officers have survived pre screening pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2) and § 1915A.   If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Grimaldo v. Carnival Corporation et al (14-CV-22882-CMA)

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Plaintiff asserts various negligence claims against Carnival Corporation and individual medical Defendants.  Plaintiff was a passenger on a Carnival vessel in 2013.  As alleged in the complaint, Plaintiff was presented to the medical facility onboard the vessel with complaints of dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath, etc., and was misdiagnosed by the medical defendants and told it was safe to fly on an airplane.  As a result, Plaintiff suffered a stroke and now suffers from permanent brain injury.  The complaint was drafted and filed by Plaintiff’s former counsel.  Defendant Carnival has answered the complaint.  The individual medical Defendants, all foreign citizens, have waived service but contest personal jurisdiction.  Plaintiff needs an attorney to represent her, conduct jurisdictional discovery, and pursue her claims.  The case is administratively closed so Plaintiff can obtain counsel.  The case will be reopened upon Plaintiff’s counsel filing a notice of appearance and motion to reopen.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Bui v. Minority Mobile System, Inc. et al (15-CV-21317-MGC)

Plaintiffs, proceeding pro se, filed suit against their former employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“the FLSA”) to recover unpaid overtime compensation.  Plaintiffs were employed to provide transportation services to passengers through Special Transportation Services for Miami-Dade County, Florida.  The Court is seeking an attorney to assist both Plaintiffs with discovery, motion practice, and trial.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Luciano v. Irick et al (13-CV-14467-DLG)

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Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner,  filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy Irick pleading a claim of excessive force.  The cause of action stems from a December 2009 incident where, during a pat-down search, Plaintiff was struck twice on the head with a large flashlight.  As a result, Plaintiff suffered a wound that required seven stitches to close and which left permanent scarring. Defendant Irick’s motion for summary judgment was denied. There are no pending motions and this matter is ready for trial. The Parties are amenable to scheduling a settlement conference as soon as possible. Also, the Court will work with volunteer counsel with regard to scheduling. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at West Palm Beach Community Release Center, with a scheduled release date of 12/20/2015. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Ghasimi v. Cambridge, Security Services Corp (15-CV-61405-BB)

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Pro se Plaintiff, a 59-year old male of Middle Eastern descent, brings claims against his employer for discrimination and retaliation. Plaintiff’s initial complaint has been dismissed with leave to amend granted.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Allen v. Gonzales et al (15-CV-21873-CMA)

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Pro se Plaintiff asserts various causes of action against two police officers, the police department, and the city government in connection with an encounter with police in which he was allegedly falsely arrested and harmed.  Defendants have not yet appeared in this action.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Goldstein Law Group, P.A. v. Machado et al (15-cv-61145-Cooke)

Plaintiff, a law firm, filed suit against pro se Defendants, its former employees, seeking declaratory and equitable relief, equitable and compensatory damages, and attorney’s fees and costs, for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Stored Communications Act, and Florida common law. Plaintiff alleges that Defendants participated in a scheme designed to breach the law firm’s computer and communications systems. The Court is seeking an attorney to assist two of the three Defendants implicated in this scheme with discovery, motion practice, and trial. The two Defendants have indicated that they would particularly appreciate the assistance of an attorney at an early court-mandated mediation or settlement conference.
If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Yang v. TradeStation Group, Inc et al (15-CV-61220-BB)

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Pro se Plaintiff brings claims on behalf of himself and other similarly-situated current and former employees of Defendants for labor violations, discrimination, and retaliation.  As of June 16, 2015, Defendants have not been served. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Morris v. Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners et al (14-CV-14252-DMM)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, brings a claim of deliberate indifference to a serious medical need against numerous defendants, arising from their failure to examine, treat, and/or provide much needed dental care caused from bone shards which were allowed to remain in plaintiff’s lower jaw, causing pin size punctures in the gums and infections.  Plaintiff is also bringing a claim against a policy that provides inadequate funding, which results in the denial of much needed medical and/or dental care.

The complaint has been screened, and the case is proceeding to service against the defendants, Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners, Geldart, Brace, Smeyl, Caek, Worth, and White.  The Plaintiff has been granted IFP status and the Court’s agents will be effecting service of process shortly.  The case is currently in the preliminary phase, and no motions are pending.  The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c).  Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

White v. Israel et al (14-CV-62958-JIC)

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In this case, a pro se prisoner advances claims for excessive use of force, assault and battery, failure to protect, and sexual assault arising from multiple alleged attacks by jail personnel during his time in custody of the Broward County Jail. The case has been screened and an order permitting the case to proceed on these claims has been entered. If interested in taking this case, please contact cohn@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Johnson v. Captain (15-CV-21232-UU)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, who claims to be wheelchair bound, brings a claim of unlawful use of force and injuries resulting therefrom against a captain at a prison mental health facility in February 2015.  The case has been screened and an order entered permitting the case proceed against the officer on plaintiff’s claim of unlawful use of force.  At this time, given the plaintiff’s in forma pauperis status, the court’s agents for service of process shall be perfecting service against the defendant.  The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions, in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c).  Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Mitchell v. Tabbita et al (14-CV-23633-FAM)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, brings a claim of unlawful use of force, and injuries resulting therefrom, against three Miami-Dade County police officers arising from plaintiff’s arrest in 2012.  The three named defendants have been served and answers have been filed. No motions are pending, and the case is currently in the discovery phase.  The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions, in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c).  Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Owens v. Florida Department of Corrections et al (14-22325-CV-KMW)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed a civil rights suit, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, against the Warden, the Assistant Warden, several corrections officers, and medical personnel at Martin Correctional Institution, raising a claim of deliberate indifference. He states defendants allowed another inmate to remain in a nearby “open population cell,” who had been diagnosed with methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (commonly referred to as ‟MRSA”), a type of staphylococcus bacteria (staph) that is resistant to betalactam antibiotics, is contagious, and can cause life-threatening illness. Plaintiff states none of the Defendants took steps to isolate the inmate and protect against the spread of MRSA, and that as a result, he contracted MRSA.

Plaintiff also claims that Defendants were deliberately indifferent by exposing Plaintiff, an epileptic, to unsanitary conditions of his assigned showers for over five months. According to Plaintiff, the wing one downstairs showers were flooded with unsanitary and unclean water. He asked to use wing two downstairs showers until the wing one showers were fixed, but was denied the request, indicating he could use the upstairs showers, the dirty downstairs showers, or not shower at all. As a result, plaintiff, an epileptic, was forced to shower in the downstairs, unsanitary, and malfunctioning wing one showers for approximately five months, from which he then contracted a fungal infection in his toes.

The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c). Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Lowe v. Det. Sergeant Vincent Peterson et al (14-CV-61818-WJZ)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Vincent Peterson and others, pleading a claim of excessive force. The cause of action stems from a May 2014 incident where Plaintiff was arrested on a warrant.. According to Plaintiff, he was sitting in his car when it was rammed by deputies he was then dragged out the vehicle and handcuffed. As a result, Plaintiff suffered injuries to his back and neck. The excessive force claim has already passed screening under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Charles v. Broward County Main Jail (14-CV-62816-WPD)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, alleges an excessive force claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff states that on December 22, 2013, he was beaten in the face several times and kicked in the stomach in a booking room by an unknown deputy. He states that he was bleeding from the mouth and head. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Little v. City of Miami et al (14-CV-24643-CMA)

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Pro se Plaintiff, a former police officer with the City of Miami, brings claims relating to his disability pension, including causes of action under the Americans With Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  A motion to dismiss is currently pending.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Castillo v. School Board of Broward County, Florida et al (15-CV-60418-WPD)

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Update: The Court dismissed Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint on August 19, 2015.  Plaintiff has filed a notice of appeal of the Court’s ruling to the Eleventh Circuit.

Plaintiff brings this action on behalf of her 19 year old son, who suffers from learning disabilities and other health issues. Plaintiff asserts that her son was bullied, harassed, and discriminated against by his school, depriving him of the handicapped educational services that the law mandates.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Correa v. United States of America (14-80818-CV-KAM)

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A pro se prisoner seeks an attorney to represent him in the appeal of the district court’s denial of his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 petition and a certificate of appealability.  At the district court, the prisoner (who was represented by counsel) argued that his counsel was ineffective based on trial counsel’s failure to object to particular statements in the indictment, failure to point out state laws regulating the duties and responsibilities of loan officers and loan brokers, and failure to inspect and object to inadmissible evidence entering the jury deliberation room.  The attorney would be responsible for seeking a certificate of appealability from the 11th Circuit, and if granted, then filing and arguing the appeal in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

 

Joseph v. U.S. Department of Education et al (15-CV-60133-JIC)

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In this bankruptcy appeal, the Debtor/Appellant contends that the Bankruptcy Court erred in refusing to discharge certain student loans. If interested, please contact cohn@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Henderson v. Crews, et al (13-14236-CIV-Martinez)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed a civil rights suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 suing numerous employees at Martin Correctional, claiming he was denied Celexia, a medication for his schizophrenia. As a result, he began hearing voices and attempted to hang himself in his cell. He told staff at Martin that he needed his medications, but he claims they thought he was “faking it.” At the time of filing the complaint, he still had been denied the medication and, in fact, claims to have been released without any medical treatment having been provided. The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c). Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Cummings v. Blank (former) et al (13-CV-22042-Scola)

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Plaintiff brings this action against her employer claiming age and gender discrimination based on failure to promote and denial of training. If interested in taking this case, please contact Magistrate Judge Otazo-Reyes’ chambers at otazo-reyes@flsd.uscourts.gov