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Central District of Illinois

Civil prisoner cases needing Pro Bono Counsel


The Central District of Illinois is in urgent need of pro bono counsel on the following civil prisoner cases.  Please consider volunteering!  Limited appointments will be considered, and you don't have to be local - video-conference technology is available to assist.  A brief description of each case is below.


18-1018 D’Angelo Nunez v Durango Et Al:  The plaintiff proceeds on a First Amendment retaliation claim and a due process claim, both based on the alleged intentional deprivation of his property during his incarceration in the Pekin Federal Correctional Institution.  The plaintiff alleges that after he arrived at the Pekin Federal Correctional Institution, Defendants arranged for or enabled other prisoners to steal Plaintiff’s property and to sell that property to other prisoners in the Institution. The plaintiff also alleges that Defendants did this in retaliation for another lawsuit filed by Plaintiff in Texas.  Pro bono counsel’s role would be limited to filing a supplemental response to the pending summary judgment motion.  Spanish-speaking counsel is preferred but not required.   (Plaintiff is currently housed in FCI Victorville in Adelanto, CA so contact with the plaintiff would occur by telephone.)

18-3028 William Sobczyk v Kim Smith Et Al:  Plaintiff proceeds on a claim for deliberate indifference to his serious dental needs during his incarceration in the Taylorville Correctional Center.  Plaintiff is now housed in the Cook County Jail. Discovery closes on 1/31/20 and Dispositive Motions are due 2/28/20.


17-4019 Carl Grant v Gary Kulhan, Et Al: Plaintiff is a Rushville Treatment Center detainee and alleges that he was forced to wear small handcuffs even though he had a medical permit for large handcuffs and that he suffered an injury and swelling. Plaintiff has survived summary judgment. Jury selection is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2nd at 1:30pm in Springfield, IL before Magistrate Judge Thomas Schanzle-Haskins with the trial set to begin the next day before District Judge Sue E. Myerscough.


18-3285  Drakaar Malone v State of Illinois Et Al: Plaintiff is paralyzed from the waist down and requires a specialized wheelchair. Plaintiff alleges that he had a specialized wheelchair while in custody at Stateville NRC but when he was transferred to Lawrence Correctional Center, authorities took away his specialized wheelchair causing him to sustain additional injuries. Discovery closes 8/14/20 and Dispositive Motions are due 10/14/20.  Case is set for Final Pretrial Conference on 2/1/21 at 2:00pm and Jury trial is scheduled for 2/16/21 at 9:00am.

18-4029 Edward Roberson v Bryan Browne, Et Al: Plaintiff alleges that the defendants beat him up and then would not get him medical attention. Discovery closes 1/11/19 and Dispositive Motions are due 2/11/19, however these deadlines may be extended if pro bono counsel is willing to accept the case. Final Pretrial is set for 11/16/20 and Jury trial is set 12/1/20.



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.