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Pro Bono Opportunity in case 4:16cv507

Monday, April 8, 2019

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a jury trial. The case is Wesley Timothy Fullard v. Maria Thomas, R.N., and Carrie Rhodes, L.P.N., case no. 4:16cv507- MW/CAS.

Plaintiff is a prisoner in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. He claims that on the evening of August 8, 2014, while housed at Jefferson Correctional Institution, he experienced a heart attack. He claims the Defendant nurses failed to provide him medical care and unnecessarily delayed transporting him to the Hospital for 7 hours.  Further detail is provided in the Third Report and Recommendation, ECF No. 88. 

A trial date has not been set, nor have deadlines for submitting witness and exhibit lists been set. Further discovery is permissible.

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 May 10, 2019.