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:

Castillo v. Allegro Resort Marketing (12-CV-24386-KMW)

Docket Sheet

Pro se Plaintiff alleged that her employer—Allegro Resort Marketing—discriminated against her in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  The Court dismissed Plaintiff’s claims related to discrimination based on national origin.  The Court seeks a volunteer attorney to represent Plaintiff with regard to her remaining claims related to age and sex discrimination. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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

Docket Sheet

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

First Mutual Group, LP v. Sellas (14-CV-24348-KMW)

Docket Sheet

Pro se Defendant seeks representation defending a lawsuit brought by First Mutual Group, LP asserting that a home appraisal conducted by Defendant was inaccurate.  Plaintiff contends that as a result of Defendant’s negligent appraisal, the Lender received no funds when the home was foreclosed upon. If interested, please contact williams@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Banks v. Social Security Administration (15-CV-80548-RLR)

Docket Sheet

Pro se Plaintiff seeks representation on her appeal of an administrative decision denying her son’s application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If interested, please contact brannon@flsd.uscourts.gov.

 

 

Cross v. City of Miami, et al (13-CV-20197-JAL)

Docket Sheet

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed a civil rights suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, alleging unlawful use of force by various officers. This action is proceeding to trial against several Defendants on Plaintiff’s unlawful use of force claims, stemming from two alleged beatings Pretrial conference is set for July 27, 2015. Calendar Call is set for August 19, 2015. Trial is set for August 24, 2015. A settlement conference before a U.S. Magistrate Judge is currently being scheduled. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Hernandez v. Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (15-CV-20798-CMA)

Docket Sheet

Pro se Plaintiff, an inmate, brings a claim for injuries allegedly suffered as a result of standing water in a detention facility. No motions are currently pending. 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.

Hamze v. Doe et al (11-21227-CV-JAL)

Docket Sheet

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed a civil rights suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, alleging, among other things, unlawful use of force by various officers at the South Florida Reception Center.  Plaintiff sought injunctive relief, along with nominal, compensatory, and punitive damages against Defendants.  This action is proceeding to trial against two Defendants on Plaintiff’s unlawful use of force claim, failure to intervene claim, and punitive damages claim.  Pretrial conference is set for May 11, 2015.  Calendar Call is set for May 27, 2015.  Trial is set for June 1, 2015.  A settlement conference before a U.S. Magistrate Judge is currently being scheduled.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Moctezuma v. Postmaster General et al (14-20562-CV-KMW)

Pro se Plaintiff alleged that his employer—the U.S. Postal Service—discriminated against him in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  The Court dismissed Plaintiff’s untimely claims that were not administratively exhausted.  The Court seeks a volunteer attorney to represent Plaintiff with regard to his remaining claims.  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

Good Man Productions, Inc., v. John Doe (14-CV-62727-BB)

Docket Sheet

Defendant Corrie Covelli seeks counsel to defend a lawsuit brought under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101, et. seq.  Plaintiff alleges Defendant used a common peer-to-peer file sharing system to copy and distribute a film in which Plaintiff claims copyright interest. If interested, please contact bloom@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

Yeyille v. Miami Dade County Public Schools et al (14-CV-24624-CMA)

Docket Sheet

Pro se Plaintiff, a substitute teacher, brings various claims relating to alleged national-origin and age discrimination. A motion to dismiss and motion to amend complaint are currently pending. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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

Docket Sheet

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.

Ramsay v. Children’s Home Society et al. (15-cv-20960-CMA)

Docket Sheet

Pro se Plaintiff alleges she was denied a hiring opportunity with the Children’s Home Society because of her age, in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and because of her national origin, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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

Docket Sheet

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

Chatman v. Ft. Lauderdale Police Department (14-CV-62793-BB)

Docket Sheet

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Wengert, pleading a claim of excessive force.  The cause of action stems from a November 2014 incident where Plaintiff fled from police.  After fleeing, Deputy Wengert discovered Plaintiff hiding on the ground under a bush.  According to Plaintiff, he posed no threat and, given his prone position on the ground, was unable to run away.  Nonetheless, Deputy Wengert released his K-9 companion on Plaintiff.  As a result, Plaintiff suffered injuries to his leg.  The excessive force claim has already passed screening under 28 U.S.C. § 1915.  

If interested, please contact bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov.

 

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

Docket Sheet

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

 

Nanton-Marie v. Carvalho, et al. (14-cv-23032-KMW)

Pro se Plaintiff alleges violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Florida Civil Rights Act. Plaintiff is employed in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Transportation Department. The complaint alleges that he is the victim of discriminatory and retaliatory employment practices of the Miami–Dade County Public Schools (“School System”). Plaintiff alleges that the School System and the Miami-Dade County Public School Board subjected and continue to subject him to “discriminatory retaliation, harassment, heightened scrutiny, retraining because of his record of a disability, sending him to the Employee Assistance Program,” denying access to his personnel file, and cutting his wages. Plaintiff also alleges that his bus route was changed to a route that serviced students who “insulted, cursed, and harassed” Plaintiff using slurs regarding the “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA)” community. Plaintiff alleges that the unlawful discrimination he suffered and the decision to change his route were results of his requests to the School System to assign a “bided bus aide” to his route. Plaintiff also claims that he was targeted by the School System “because he was and still is the only 68 years old Black, mixed origin citizen of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago who worked at both John Schee Transportation Center and now works at North Transportation Center.”  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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

 Defendant, an individual proceeding pro se, seeks assistance defending this action. Plaintiff accuses Defendant of defamation based on an allegedly false article Defendant published on his website. If interested, please contact gayles@flsd.uscourts.gov.

 

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

Docket Sheet

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.

Reynolds v. Foxx (15-CV-60202-JIC)

Docket Sheet

Plaintiff, who worked in the aviation industry, claims that federal employees discriminated against him on several unlawful grounds and retaliated against him for engaging in protected activities.. If interested, please contact cohn@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Long v. Mincey et al (13-cv-14412-Martinez)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed a civil rights suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 suing Sgt. Mincey, a correctional officer at Martin Correctional Institution, raising a claim of cruel and unusual punishment following an April 2013 incident where the defendant deliberately denied plaintiff medical attention, which led to the Plaintiff passing out on the floor from a drug overdose, when the defendant failed to act upon Plaintiff’s emergency request for mental health treatment. 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 any summary judgment motions which may be filed 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

Porter v. US Department of Commerce (14-81147-CIV-Rosenberg)

The pro se plaintiff has alleged that she was terminated from her position with the United States Census Bureau for reporting violations of the Oath of Office that all Census employees are required to sign. She previously filed a claim with the EEOC, which ultimately issued a denial. The EEOC characterized her claim as one of “sexual discrimination,” which the plaintiff does not believe was an accurate description. The plaintiff has also alleged violations of the FOIA. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Ideal DRTV, LLC v. TV Promotions USA LLC, et al (14-23617-CIV-Cooke)

Pro se Defendant is subject to claims of trademark infringement, violations under The Lanham Act, and unfair competition under Florida’s common law. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant willfully sold unlicensed and counterfeit products bearing Plaintiff’s exclusive certification mark. Defendant counterclaimed seeking damages for tortious misconduct and trademark infringement, and a declaratory judgment confirming his right to continue to transact business under his own trademark. The Court is seeking an attorney to assist in discovery, motion practice, and trial. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@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

Thompson v. FHP Bosch Manufacturing (14-62651-CV-Dimitrouleas)

Docket Sheet

Plaintiff alleges that her civil rights were violated by her employer, and that she was discriminated against by her employer on the basis of her age. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

McBride v. Reit Management & Research et al (14-CV-62419-Cohn)

Docket Sheet

Plaintiff sues her prior employer for employment discrimination and retaliation for filing an EEOC complaint. If interested in taking this case, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Sarhan v. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons (14-23237-CV-Cooke)

Pro se Plaintiff, a former employee of Defendant, Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons, alleges discrimination on the basis of race and national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq. The Court is seeking an attorney to assist in discovery, motion practice, and trial. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Tabuteau v. HSBC Bank USA (14-21513-CIV-Cooke)

Docket Sheet

Pro se Plaintiff has received an entry of default against the defendant bank in this violation of Truth-in-Lending Act matter. While stated as a violation of the Truth-in-Lending Act, there is a wrongful foreclosure claim pled as well. Plaintiff successfully obtained an Order Vacating Final Judgment and Sale from the court presiding over the foreclosure action in state court. The Court is seeking an attorney to assist in discovery, motion practice, and trial. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Long v. Froster, et al. (13-CV-22887-Altonaga)

If interested in taking this case, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Lewis v. School Board Broward County (14-CV-61974-Dimitrouleas)

Docket Sheet

Pro se plaintiff has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, the School Board of Broward County, for violations of the ADAAA and the Florida Civil Rights Act. Plaintiff alleges that he was terminated for absences for required medical appointments resulting from his physical disability. This is an appeal of a Social Security disability denial. If interested in taking this case, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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

Docket Sheet

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

Girroir v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration (14-CV-14302-DMM)

Docket Sheet

This is an appeal of a Social Security disability denial. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Charnley v. Town of South Palm Beach, Florida et al (13-CV-81203-Scola)

Plaintiff has filed a lawsuit naming 18 separate defendants, and unnamed John and Jane Doe Defendants, based upon a series of events concerning the governance of the Town of South Palm Beach, Florida, including actions by the town and individual defendants that have allegedly infringed upon Plaintiff’s First Amendment rights.

If interested in taking this case, please contact Judge Scola’s Chambers at scola@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Cummnings v. New England Compounding Center et al (12-81413-CV-Dimitrouleas)

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Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, alleges that he complained about back and side pains upon his arrival at South Bay Correctional Facility. In 2010, a medical examination revealed that plaintiff had a degenerative disc in his lower back. Plaintiff alleges that other physicians and nurses were aware of his condition and denied him the option to elect surgery, increasing his pain and suffering. Plaintiff further alleges that he is still in need of surgery. As a result, he is paralyzed from his waist down. The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting in the pretrial discovery process 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
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