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:

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

Ramos v. South Miami Party Rental, Inc. et al (14-CV-24914-JEM)

Defendant, an individual proceeding pro se, seeks assistance defending this action. Plaintiff accuses Defendant, as the owner and/or manager of the corporate defendant, of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, by not paying overtime and minimum wages for work performed in excess of 40 hours weekly. If interested, please contact martinez@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

 

Blimie v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (15-60187-CIV-BB)

Plaintiff, a former employee, has brought a claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act, alleging overtime violations and retaliatory termination.  Plaintiff seeks payment of overtime, as well as damages for the alleged retaliatory termination. 

If interested, please contact bloom@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.

JLIP, LLC v Stratospheric Industries Inc et al (14-61798-CV-JIC)

In this patent dispute relating to water-propelled jetpacks, a defendant seeks the assistance of volunteer counsel. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@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)

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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

United States of America v. Collins (14-CV-80409-Brannon)

Plaintiff, United States of America, brings this action against Pro Se Defendant for alleged failure to pay student loan debt. Defendant maintains she did not apply for the student loan and has moved to dismiss (DE 5). If interested in taking this case, 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)

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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)

(Docket Sheet Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8) (Part 9) (Part 10)

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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