Case Number: 2016-005583


This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges his constitutional rights (First and Eighth Amendments) were violated while incarcerated as an inmate in the custody of Nevada Department of Corrections. He alleges defendants committed unreasonable searches and seizures of his legal work as retaliation and used excessive force and abusive language. He also alleges his grievances are not being answered within 45 days as required by AR 740. A Settlement conference was held in June, 2016 but was unsuccessful. Plaintiff’s retaliation and excessive force claims survived summary judgment. Plaintiff’s request for preliminary injunction and restraining order were denied. There is a Jury Trial on August 8, 2017 in Reno. Documents available for review: Complaint, Answer, MSJ documents, Screening Order

Case Number: 2016-006138


This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges violations of the Eighth Amendment while he was incarcerated at High Desert State Prison. He claims prison officials acted with deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. Plaintiff seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief to place him on house arrest. His complaint states on November 15, 2013 he experienced severe abdominal pain and reported this to several prison officials who ignored his requests for medical care. He continued to report severe pain for the next several days. On December 10, 2013, client went to court and was remanded back to CCDC where he saw several nurses and a doctor who transferred plaintiff to UMC. Surgery for acute appendicitis was scheduled for following day but was delayed due to severe infection and plaintiff’s diabetes; client was placed on antibiotics. One week before plaintiff was scheduled to have surgery, prison officials transported plaintiff back to HDSP where prison officials told him nothing was wrong and he was a complainer. He wasn’t returned to UMC until January 30, 2014 for his surgery. He had a hole in his appendix which caused sceptic bio to leak into a sterile cavity. After 70 days, bio continued to seep into plaintiff’s system and caused further abdominal problems. The case is currently stayed for 90 days from date of referral to allow parties an opportunity to settle their dispute before an answer is filed. Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Screening Order, pro bono referral hearing minutes.

Case Number: 2017-123456


We are seeking a pro bono attorney to represent one sibling involved in a life insurance matter referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program. This matter involves a life insurance company’s interpleader action seeking declaratory relief based on conflicting claims to life insurance proceeds. Pro bono attorney for this client’s sisters obtained order for disbursement of funds in the amount of one third to each sibling. The sisters have already received their disbursements. The brother’s money is retained by the Clerk’s office and he needs an attorney to assist him in applying for disbursement of his share. The client has had drug abuse issues in the past and may also suffer from mental health issues; he currently lives in a halfway house in Arizona. The client’s application for disbursement must be filed on or before July 17, 2017.

Case Number: 2017-001740


This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges his constitutional rights were violated while incarcerated as an inmate in the custody of Nevada Department of Corrections. After screening and summary judgment, Plaintiff has two remaining claims: (1) an Eighth Amendment claim for failure to protect; and (2) a Section 1983 claim for an unconstitutional policy of denying bed moves. A Settlement Conference has been ordered but the date is not yet set. Jury Trial is set for July 24-28, 2017 at 9:30 am. Documents available for review: screening order, amended complaint, answer to amended complaint, order referring to pro bono program, report and recommendation to motion for summary judgment, order adopting report and recommendation.