Pro Bono Opportunity in case 5:19cv408

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of McGhee v. Warden, Case No. 5:19-cv-408-TKW/MJF.

Plaintiff is a prisoner in the custody of the Bureau of Prison alleging that eight Defendants violated his rights under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Plaintiff alleges that he was incarcerated at FCI Mariana from 2014 through 2016. During this time, he was assigned to a UNICOR work plant. According to his complaint, he was exposed to harmful chemicals
and carcinogens because Defendants failed to provide him with the necessary protective equipment. Plaintiff asserts that he developed sarcoidosis as a result of exposure to toxins. Further detail is provided in Plaintiff’s amended complaint. (Doc. 16).

Public funds are not available for payment of attorney’s fees. Fees may be recoverable under applicable law if Plaintiff ultimately prevails. See 42 U.S.C. § 1988(b); World Outreach Conference Ctr. v. City of Chicago, 234 F. Supp. 3d 904 (N.D. Ill. 2017). 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 confined at FCIButner in North Carolina.