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Pro Bono Opportunity in case 4:19cv97

Thursday, May 2, 2019

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of Thomas Ray Hayes v. Mark S. Inch, et al., case no. 4:19cv97-MW/CAS.

Plaintiff is a prisoner in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. He claims that he was diagnosed with the Hepatitis C Virus in October of 2001, but has been denied appropriate medical care in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Further detail is provided in the complaint, ECF No.1.

This case has just been initiated and no discovery has yet been taken.

Public funds are not available for the 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.

An attorney who wishes to appear should file a notice of appearance by June 28, 2019.

An attorney who needs access to the docket for the purpose of evaluating pro bono representation in this case should contact the Tallahassee Clerk’s Office.