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The Plaintiff, Chantel Mapp-Leslie, seeks an attorney to assist in prosecuting an ADA accommodations suit. She alleges that, while riding on an Amtrak train with her service animals, the conductor of the train entered her cabin and demanded she show him what her animals did for her. The Plaintiff, who is 63 years old, attempted to show the conductor her disability documents, but the conductor refused to look at them and forcibly removed her and her animals from the train. As a result of the assault, both service animals lost their lives, and the Plaintiff suffered significant physical injuries. She seeks all damages available under law. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

In this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action, the pro se Plaintiff alleges that Defendants, a sheriff's Office and some of its officers, violated his civil rights by lying to him, obstructing justice, and refusing to force a hospice facility to allow him entry to see his parents. The case is still in an early stage of litigation. The Defendants recently filed a motion to dismiss, which is now pending. If you are interested in representing the Plaintiff, please e-mail altman@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Plaintiff Reginald Eugene Grimes (“Mr. Grimes”) seeks an attorney to assist in prosecuting a civil rights Bivens action . Mr. Grimes alleges Defendants Officer Richard Rott, five unknown federal agents, and the Drug Enforcement Agency violated his constitutional rights when they assaulted him, unlawfully searched his vehicle, and seized his property. The plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages. The case is currently at the summary judgment stage and is set for trial beginning on January 21, 2020. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff Wesley Lionel Davidson (“Mr. Davidson”) seeks an attorney to assist in prosecuting an Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") case against Palm Beach State College ("College"). The Amended Complaint claims that the College failed to accommodate Mr. Davidson's mental disability with a flexible schedule, resulting in damages to Mr. Davidson. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Pro se Plaintiff brings this cause of action against "Miami Dade Housing." Plaintiff alleges that she had previously received public housing through the Miami-Dade Housing Choice Voucher Program (the "Program"). However, due to a purported fraud, Plaintiff's Housing Choice Voucher was transferred to her older daughter. As a result, Plaintiff is no longer able to secure housing and is essentially homeless. Plaintiff is seeking evidence of the purported fraud and to be reinstated to the Program. The case is in its infancy, Plaintiff's Complaint was filed on September 30, 2019. A summons has not yet been issued. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff Valentin Spataru has filed claims against Sheriff Rick Ramsay of the Sheriff Department of Monroe County, several deputies of the Sheriff Department of Monroe County, and other government officials. Spataru alleges violations of certain constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and certain statutory rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act following his allegedly unconstitutional arrest and detainment in August of 2015. This case has been referred to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Becerra for trial. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Pro se Plaintiff, Elvis Chavers, filed this action seeking review of an unfavorable decision on his disability insurance benefits claim by the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The complaint was filed August 9, 2019, and Plaintiff has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Defendant has not yet filed a response to the Complaint. If interested, please email reinhart@flsd.uscourts.gov.

In this section 1983 action, Plaintiff, Norberto Iglesias, alleges numerous Defendants employed by the Florida Department of Corrections and Inspector General’s Office violated his Eighth Amendment rights. Plaintiff additionally asserts state law claims of gross negligence and civil RICO. Plaintiff states he witnessed, on multiple occasions, certain Defendants sell firearms, ammunition, TEXTER C-4, and GPS cellular telephones to the inmates at Everglades Correctional Institution. Plaintiff claims he made several formal and informal requests to other Defendants regarding this matter but never received a response. Plaintiff alleges he was the victim of retaliation by another inmate who was hired to attack and kill him. During the attack, Plaintiff was stabbed 19 times and sustained life-threatening injuries. Plaintiff is now blind in his left eye. Plaintiff maintains the Defendants were aware of these illegal activities and deliberately refused to act or protect him from harm. Plaintiff is now seeking $2,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. Plaintiff’s claims have survived Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss, and discovery is ongoing. Plaintiff is required to file his Pre-Trial Statement by September 19, 2019.

If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff alleges that she was denied Social Security benefits (Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits) even though she presented medical evidence of her disability to support her claim of being unable to work. Plaintiff has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Pro se Plaintiffs allege that Defendants, a homeowners association and related individuals, violated Plaintiffs' rights under the First Amendment in relation to a dispute over yard signs, trespassed on Plaintiffs' property, filed a false police report against Plaintiff Edward Schulsinger, and engaged in disability-based discrimination against Plaintiff Doris Schulsinger. The case is still in the earliest stages of litigation, as there is no indication that the Defendants have yet been served. If you are interested in representing Plaintiffs, please email altman@flsd.uscourts.gov.

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