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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 or 406-829-7122.

Case Name Case Number Case Status Nature of Claim
Quigg v. Bell, et al. 17cv35-H-BMM-JTJ MSJs filed 1/10/2020 Prisoner 14th Amendment medical care and conditions claims at YCDF
Bjork v. Slaughter, et al. 18cv107-H-DLC-JTJ MSJ filed 5/31/2020 Prisoner 8th Amendment strip search and 1st Amendment retaliation claims
Sliwinski v. Salmonson, et al. 18cv82-H-BMM-JTJ MSJ 7/12/2019; response fld 9/6/19 Prisoner 8th Amendment medical care claim
Ellison v. Yellowstone Cty 18cv56-BLG-BMM-JTJ Trial scheduled for 5/18/21 Pretrial detainee 14th Amendment denial of food and failure to protect
Quigg v. Rees 18cv86-H-BMM-JTJ MSJ filed 10/10/19 Prisoner 8th Amendment medical care claim
Little Dog v. Cooper et al 18cv97-M-JTJ Trial scheduled for 2/9/21 Pre-trial detainee 1st Amendment religion claims against Flathead County defendants
Cudd v. Kohut, et al. 19cv15-H-BMM-JTJ MSJ filed 9/2/2020 Prisoner 8th Amendment medical care claim
Sherman v. DOC, et al. 19cv17-H-DLC-JTJ Trial scheduled for 3/22/2021 Prisoner 8th Amendment deliberate indifference to safety claim
Tsosie v. Billings, et al. 19cv64-BLG-BMM-TJC Discovery due 12/18/20; Mtns due 1/15/21 Arrestee/pretrial detainee denial of medical care claims
Ritesman v. Pasha et al 19cv71-H-BMM-JTJ MSJ filed 10/13/2020 Prisoner 8th Amendment sexual assault claims
Bretz v. U.S., et al 19cv73-BLG-SPW-TJC Awaiting answer from U.S. Non-Prisoner medical care/negligence
Maas v. City of Billings et al 19cv79-BLG-SPW-KLD Discovery ends 10/19/20; Mtns due 12/18/20 Non-Prisoner defamation claims
Martinez v. Metzger, et al. 19cv93-BLG-TJC Discovery due 12/18/20; Mtns due 1/15/21 Pretrial detainee 14th Amendment medical care claims at YCDF
Warner v. Hill, et al 19cv103-M-DLC-KLD Discovery ends 11/13/20; Mtns due 12/11/20 Pre-trial detainee conditions claims against Montana State Hospital defendants
Reckley v. Village Health et al 19cv119-M-DLC-KLD Matter proceeding on amended complaint Non-Prisoner ADA/Rehabilitation Act claims
Gardner v. Missoula Cty, et al 19cv150-M-DLC-KLD Motions due 3/19/21 Pretrial detainee 14th Amendment conditions claims at MCDF
Weeks v. Dr. Hurst, et al 20cv01-H-DLC-JTJ Discovery due 3/11/21; Mtns due 4/9/21 Prisoner 8th Amendment medical care claim
Kinholt v. Pfister, et al 20cv21-H-JTJ Motions due 12/18/20 Prisoner 1st Amendment retaliation claims

** This chart is only current as of October 20, 2020.  Please check PACER or contact the Court’s Pro Bono Coordinator or 406-829-7122 for the most up to date case status.