This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a case ready to be set for jury trial in Pensacola. The case is Jones v. Schwarz, et al., Case No. 3:18cv155-MCR-MJF.
Plaintiff, an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections, currently incarcerated at the Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Florida, seeks relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against five corrections officers, for alleged excessive force in violation of the Eighth Amendment and/or failed to protect him from excessive force and that these officers retaliated against him in violation of the First Amendment, on August 18, 2015, while Plaintiff was an inmate at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution Annex. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment was granted in part and denied in part, and the case is ready to proceed to trial.
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. Limited funds sometimes are available from the district’s Bench and Bar Fund for payment of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by attorneys 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. Any attorney who wishes to provide representation should contact Plaintiff directly and may enter the case by filing a notice of appearance. If counsel appears, the Court will hold a scheduling conference by telephone.
Any attorney who wishes to appear should file a notice of appearance by May 20, 2023.