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Central District of Illinois

Civil prisoner cases needing Pro Bono Counsel


17-1538 Hartfield v Baldwin:  Plaintiff claims about inhumane conditions of confinement (broken toilet and lack of hot water); the plaintiff’s prison test score suggests that he tests at a first grade level for reading/math. Case currently has the following deadlines set: Discovery to close 8/30/19 and Dispositive Motions due by 9/30/19.  Should pro bono counsel be recruited, those date are subject to change.


17-1380 Johnson v Tilden:  Prior pro bono counsel withdrew because of irreconcilable differences.  This case is about an alleged lack of treatment for the prisoner’s diabetes, possibly causing the amputation of some toes and other injuries. Case currently has the following deadlines set: Plaintiff’s expert disclosure by 10/15/19; Defendant’s expert disclosure by 11/4/19; Discovery deadline of 12/16/19 and Dispositive Motion deadline of 1/6/20.


18-4189 Hardin v Wexford:  A detainee at the Rushville Treatment and Detention Center, Plaintiff claims that the facility refuses to treat his hypogonadism (low testosterone) because of a policy against providing testosterone shots to the detainees. This case is awaiting service on one more defendant. No deadlines are currently set in this case.




Any attorney interested in helping as Pro Bono counsel may contact the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Central District of Illinois, Denise Koester at 217-492-4027 or

The Central District of Illinois Plan for Recruitment of Counsel has a cap of $1,000.00 for reimbursement of expenses.