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Requests for Pro Bono Representation

The following matters are some of the cases which have survived the screening process mandated by 28 U.S.C. § 1915 and in which pro se plaintiffs have requested the appointment of counsel.  Although motions for appointment of counsel have been denied without prejudice, the Court will still consider the appointment of counsel if a member of the bar is willing to provide pro bono representation in the case.  You do not need to be on the Court’s Civil Pro Bono Panel to provide representation in any of these cases.

If you are interested in providing pro bono representation in any of these cases please contact the Court’s Pro Bono Coordinator Michelle Badaruddin at or 406-542-7277.

Case Name
Case Number
Case Status
Nature of Claim
Ellison v. Yellowstone Cty
14th Amendment denial of food and failure to protect
Shreves v. Harris, et al
Pending F&R, trial likely
Prisoner 1st Amendment retaliation claims
Warner v. Hill, et al
Terminal F&R 9/27/2021
Pre-trial detainee conditions claims against
Montana State Hospital defendants
Richman v. Osterman, et al   
Terminal F&R 2/10/2022
Non-prisoner interference with child custody
Rodriguez v. Server
Disc. Due 10/7/2022; mtns due 11/4/2022  
Prisoner excessive force
Welliver v. USA et al
Summary Jdgmt filed 5/3/2022
Prisoner excessive force
Peltier v. McTighe et al
Disc. Due 9/2/2022; mtns due 9/30/2022
Prisoner 1st Am. Free exercise; 14th Am. Equal protection
Seller v. Lever
Motions due 8/26/2022
Prisioner 8th Amendment medical care
Lawrence v. Pasha, et al
Disc. Due 1/13/2023; mtns brf'd by 2/15/2023  
Prisoner excessive force

This chart is current as of 9/14/2022. 

Please check PACER or contact the Court’s Pro Bono Coordinator Michelle Badaruddin at or 406-542-7277 for the most up to date case status.