Pro Bono Opportunity in case 5:13cv9

Friday, February 15, 2019

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a jury trial. The case is Quincy Alexander Williams v. Rickman, et al., Case No. 5:13cv9-MW-GRJ. Although this is a Panama City case, the trial will take place in the Tallahassee courthouse.

Plaintiff, Quincy Alexander Williams, is an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. Plaintiff claims that on August 15, 2012, while he was incarcerated at Apalachee Correctional Institution, he was subjected to unlawful force in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Although this Court granted summary judgment in Defendants’ favor, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed this Court and concluded that Plaintiff presents viable claims for trial. Further detail is provided in the Magistrate Judge’s report and recommendation, ECF No. 171, and the Eleventh Circuit’s opinion, ECF No. 217.

The trial date has not been set; however, this Court has set deadlines for filing witness lists and exhibit lists (although those dates might be extended under appropriate circumstances). ECF No. 228. No further discovery is anticipated.

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 currently serving a sentence in the Martin Correctional Institution. Plaintiff’s DC Number is 340902.

An attorney who wishes to appear should file a notice of appearance by April 1, 2019. A preliminary pretrial conference will be conducted by telephone as soon as possible after the notice of appearance is filed. At the preliminary pretrial conference, a trial date and schedule will be set that accommodate the attorney’s schedule.