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Pro Bono Assistance Opportunities & Resources

Pro Bono Program:

Local Rule 87 is the court’s effort, after consultation with a broad range of attorneys who regularly practice in this court, to ensure that the court can recruit counsel in every case in which the law requires it. Local Rule 87 creates a Voluntary Panel that will consist of attorneys who are willing to volunteer to represent indigent litigants in civil cases and an Obligatory Panel from which the court will recruit counsel if no attorney from the Voluntary Panel is available to appear in a given case.

Letter from Judge Richard L. Young - Representation of Indigent Litigants

Pro Bono Opportunities and Registration:

Pro Bono Opportunities

On-Line Application

Resources for Recruited Counsel:

  Recruited Counsel's Handbook for Prisoner Litigation

  Guide for Attorneys Recruited to Represent Plaintiffs in Section 1983 Cases

Document Library hosted by the Indianapolis Bar Association  The document library is populate through submissions from practicing attorneys.  Please consider submitting additional documents if you believe they could assist a future volunteer. 

  Professional Liability Insurance


  Upcoming CLE Programs (There are no CLE programs scheduled at this time.)


  Motion to Appoint Additional Recruited Counsel

  Motion for Preauthorization to Incur Expenses

   Motion for Prepayment or Reimbursement of Expenses Form

  Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification

Sample Engagement Letter Form

   Sample BOP Release of Information Form

   Sample IDOC Release of Information Form

Sample HIPAA Form

  Sample Confidential Settlement Statement (Plaintiff)

  Sample Confidential Settlement Statement (Defendant)

Publications and Testimonials:

Southern District Celebrates Pro Bono Attorneys (The Indiana Lawyer, March 8, 2017)

Attorneys Applauded for Representing Pro Bono Clients in Federal Court (The Indiana Lawyer, February 24, 2016)

Mediation Assistance Program Appoints Counsel to Help Litigants Settle Cases (The Indiana Lawyer, May 6, 2015)

  Southern District Programs for Pro Se Parties  (Hon. Tim A. Baker, Res Gestae, April, 2014)


  2016 Attorney Honor Roll

Local Rule and General Orders:

Local Rule 87

General Order Re: Local Rule 87

General Order Re: Local Rule 87 Threshold Numbers

Frequently Asked Questions


Southern District of Indiana Pro Bono Coordinators:

Kristine Seufert
(317) 229-3954

Jordan Davison
(317) 229-3986