The United States District Court
District of Colorado

Hon. Philip A. Brimmer, Chief Judge
Jeffrey P. Colwell Esq., Clerk of Court

Our mission is to serve the public by providing a fair and impartial forum that ensures equal access to justice in accordance with the rule of law, protects rights and liberties of all persons, and resolves cases in a timely and efficient manner.

Civil Pro Bono Panel - Details, and Available Cases

PERMANENT PROGRAM FOR COURT APPOINTMENT OF PRO BONO COUNSEL

ANNOUNCEMENT – THE FEDERAL COURT PRISON LITIGATION HANDBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL ATTORNEYS INTERESTED IN REPRESENTING INCARCERATED LITIGANTS

 

Application for Attorneys to Join the Civil Pro Bono Panel and Sample Motions:

  • Download Civil Pro Bono Application
  • Download Local Rule LAttyR 15 - Civil Pro Bono Representation
  • Download Civil Pro Bono Panel Description
  • Download Attorney Motion for Panel Appointment
  • Link to Other Civil Pro Bono Panel Attorney Forms
  • Civil Pro Bono Panel Appointment Procedures (PowerPoint)
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    Handbooks, Instructions, and Guides:

  • Download Federal Court Prison Litigation Handbook for Attorneys
  • Download Limited Representation Guide
  • Application for CLE Credit for Pro Bono Legal Matters
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    "Panel Periodical" Newsletters:

  • Download Spring 2019 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Winter 2019 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Spring 2020 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Fall 2020 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Winter 2020 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Spring 2021 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Fall 2021 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Spring 2022 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Summer 2022 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Fall/Winter 2022-23 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" Newsletter
  • Download Spring 2023 Civil Pro Bono Panel "Panel Periodical" - SPECIAL EDITION - Newsletter
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    Pro Bono Panel Annual Reports and Recognition of Volunteer Attorneys:

  • Download 2017 Annual Report of the Civil Pro Bono Panel
  • Download 2018-2019 Annual Report of the Civil Pro Bono Panel
  • Download 2019-2020 Annual Report of the Civil Pro Bono Panel
  • Download 2021 Court-FFA Dec. 7, 2021 Recognition of Volunteer Attorneys
  • Download 2021 Annual Report of the Civil Pro Bono Panel
  • Download 2022 Annual Report of the Civil Pro Bono Panel
  • Cases Available TO ALL ATTORNEYS for Pro Bono Representation:
    Case Number Case Name Cause of Action Plaintiff/Defendant Complaint
    23-cv-02655-CNS Urbina v. Guevara 42:11601 Intl Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA) Plaintiff Complaint**
    22-cv-01356-SBP *Limited Representation* Clarke v. USA 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    21-cv-01434-MEH National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is Of the United States v. Chase 15:1114 Trademark Infringement Defendant Complaint
    19-cv-02660-RM-SKC Chadwick Jordan v. Forbes, et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-01850-WJM-STV Ashley Beard v. Brinks, Inc., et al. 42:1983 Civil Rights (Employment Discrimination) Plaintiff Complaint
    20-cv-00459-PAB-MEH Johnson v. Reyna et al 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-01682-CNS-NRN Merchant v. Williams et al. Cause: 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-00699-RMR-SBP Allen v. Marcotte et al. Cause: 42:12181 American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-02905-PAB-STV Lovato v. Little et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-00888-NYW-NRN Lerner et al. v. Stancil et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-02334-MEH Swietlicki v. Lessar 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    21-cv-00833-PAB-STV McKenzie v. City and County of Denver et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-00819-CNS-NRN Fleckenstein v. Core Civic et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-00219-RMR-SBP Roos v. Ruffini et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-02055-NYW-NRN Reynolds v. Wilcox et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    20-cv-00841-WJM-MEH Smith v. Crockett et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-00662-NYW-SKC Medina v. Williams et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-00735-STV Martinez v. Peterson 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Defendant Complaint
    22-cv-01082-CMA-KAS Noriega v. Marillac Clinic, Inc. et al. 42:2000e Job Discrimination (Employment) Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-02420-GPG-MEH Trimble v. American Family Insurance et al. 28:1331as – Fed. Question – Assault, Libel, Slander Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-01699-NYW-MEH Kohn v. Hansen 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-01210-NYW-STV Ruffin v. Penry 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-00606-RMR-STV Dixon v. Metropolitan State University of Denver Colorado 42:1983 Civil Rights Act Plaintiff Complaint
    21-cv-02937-GPG-STV White v. Baldridge et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    20-cv-01559-RMR-MEH Wise v. DeJoy 42:2000 Job Discrimination (Sex) Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-01435-STV Clark v. Spurlock et al. 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-03307-MDB Jackson et al v. Academy School District 20 Board of Education et al 42:12101 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Plaintiffs Complaint
    23-cv-02674-REB Price v. Commissioner, Social Security Administration 42:405 Review of HHS Decision (SSID) Plaintiff *see below
    22-cv-03069-GPG-JPO Garcia v. Harrigan et al 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-01312-RM-NRN Donald v. Pearson et al 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-01917-NYW-STV Lewis v. Stancil et al 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-01102-MEH Cotto v. USA et al 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    23-cv-03397-CNS Giron v. Walmart Inc. et al 42:2000e Job Discrimination Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-03374-CNS-STV Salim v. AUSA_SDNY Office 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint
    22-cv-00369-NYW-MEH Harvey v. Lisac et al 42:1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Plaintiff Complaint

    Please email COD_ProBonoPanel@cod.uscourts.gov for more information on the available cases.
    *We cannot post the complaint for Social Security cases. If you are interested in 23-cv-02674-REB, please contact COD_ProBonoPanel@cod.uscourts.gov.
    **We cannot post the full complaint for this case as it is restricted due to containing sensitive information. If you are interested in 23-cv-02655-CNS, please contact COD_ProBonoPanel@cod.uscourts.gov.

    Effective December 1, 2014, the U.S. District Court adopted Local Attorney Rule 15, titled Civil Pro Bono Representation, which implements the court's Civil Pro Bono Panel Plan.  The Plan is a program consisting of volunteer attorneys willing to represent individuals of limited financial means (not strictly limited to the “indigent”) in civil matters whenever requested by the Court and without compensation.  As a means to assist attorneys in providing pro bono services, the court has established a panel of attorneys who are members in good standing of the Bar of the district court and who have agreed to accept pro bono appointments to represent pro se litigants (plaintiff or defendant) in civil cases.

    The following are some of the unique aspects of the Panel program:

    Individual lawyers, law school clinical programs, or law firms can join the Panel.

    Participants can specify how many cases will be accepted per year, and no more than that amount will be assigned – either on an individual basis, or as a law firm. • If a law firm joins the program, it can assign to the individual cases that it accepts any attorney or attorneys from within the firm that it chooses, as long as the attorneys are members of the District Court bar and in good standing. • A Panel member (Individual or Law Firm) can specify which types of cases/causes of action he/she/it will accept, from the following categories: Civil rights cases Consumer rights/ credit reporting/ foreclosure cases Employment discrimination claims FOIA/Privacy Act cases Prisoners' rights cases (42 U.S.C. § 1983 or Bivens) Social Security appeals Other categories (counsel can choose from approximately 100 different specific causes of action listed on the Civil Pro Bono Panel Application, The Causes of Action on the Pro Bono Application form are also listed on the U.S. District Court's Civil Cover Sheet located on the Forms page) The clerk strictly limits case assignments to those specified by the Panel member. • If one case has already been accepted by counsel, a new one will not be assigned unless specifically permitted by counsel or law firm in the Panel application; • Counsel may choose to have additional co-counsel assigned to assist him or her, or counsel may request a mentoring attorney – or may serve as a mentoring attorney; • The Court initiates the appointment process by granting a pro se litigant's (prisoner or non-prisoner) motion for appointment of counsel, and after the case has undergone initial review for merit through the process required under D.C.COLO.LCivR 8.1 and 28 § 1915A. Cases are randomly assigned by the clerk, according to counsel's preferences.  Appointed Panel members have a five-day period of time to run a conflicts check, review the case, gain internal approval, etc., before contacting the Clerk's office and accepting or rejecting the case. • After a Notice of Appointment is entered in the case by the clerk, indicating the draw of the name of the appointed attorney (as an individual or as the coordinating attorney for a law firm), the attorney then has 30 days to formally enter an appearance in the case, or file a Notice Declining Appointment. Please note that Reimbursement funding for costs incurred by counsel (not attorney fees) will be available from the Faculty of Federal Advocates, derived from the 2013 Renewal fee for district court bar members. Visit the Faculty of Federal Advocates website for more information HERE. Please also be aware that under D.C.COLO.LAttyR 2(b)(1), effective December 1, 2016, counsel are permitted -- either on a pro bono basis, or for a fee -- to represent both incarcerated individuals and "pro se" non-prisoner unrepresented parties on a limited basis, following the procedures set forth in Local Attorney Rules 2(b)(1), 5(a) and 5(b). For more information on Limited Representation, including an Instruction Guide with the applicable rules, forms, checklist, and FAQs, visit the Limited Representation page HERE.

    With adoption of the Civil Pro Bono Plan, the Court now seeks applicants to the Civil Pro Bono Panel – attorneys, law firms, non-profit organizations, and clinical legal education programs at law schools that are willing to accept appointment to represent pro se parties of limited financial means in civil actions may apply to join the Panel. The Application Form can be found through a link to the Forms page on the Court's website HERE. You may submit a completed application either by mail to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Attn: Ashley Sheehan, Civil Pro Bono Panel Administrator, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse Annex, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294; or you may submit the application as a pdf document by e-mail to: COD_ProBonoPanel@cod.uscourts.gov.

    Sample forms that unrepresented parties may use to submit a motion (request to the court) for appointment of counsel from the Civil Pro Bono Panel can be found on our Forms Page under the heading "Civil Pro Bono."