Pro Bono Opportunity in case 3:16cv466

Friday, April 12, 2019

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a trial and all matters leading up to trial. The case is Kidane B. Mengesha v. Stokes, et al., Case No. 3:16-cv-446-MCR-GRJ. The parties have tentatively consented to the magistrate judge’s jurisdiction and agreed that the trial will be held in Tallahassee.

Plaintiff was previously an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. He claims that on February 25, 2016, while he was confined at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution, Defendants assaulted him, which caused his shoulder to dislocate. Based on the incident, Plaintiff alleges that Defendants violated his rights under the Eighth Amendment.

Public funds are not available for the payment of attorney’s fees. Fees in a limited amount may be recoverable under applicable law if Plaintiff ultimately prevails. See 42 U.S.C. § 1988. Limited funds sometimes are available from the district’s Bench and Bar Fund for the payment of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by an attorney providing representation of this type. Members of the district’s bar will be afforded access to the electronic docket without charge for the purpose of considering whether to undertake the representation.

An attorney who wishes to provide representation may contact Plaintiff directly and may enter the case by filing a notice of appearance. Plaintiff is presently confined in the Wakulla County Jail. Plaintiff’s Inmate Number is B10398. An attorney who wishes to appear should file a notice of appearance as soon as possible. A pretrial conference will be conducted by telephone as soon as possible after the notice of appearance is filed. At the pretrial conference, a trial date and schedule will be set that accommodate the attorney’s schedule