Pro se plaintiffs in Civil Rights Act, Employment, Immigration, and other cases often apply for the appointment of counsel. This Panel has been established for the purpose of providing counsel for individuals who do not have the means to obtain counsel on their own. The Court makes the final determination, appointing counsel from the Panel in those cases where the claims appear to have merit and prosecution of the claims would be enhanced by the participation of counsel.
Panel participation offers a unique opportunity for experience in civil litigation in federal court and has proven to be very beneficial to newer lawyers. In addition, the court has funds available to defray some expenses, and Panelists may qualify for malpractice coverage through the King County Bar Association.
If interested, please fill out the Pro Bono Panel Attorney Application (PDF) or Pro Bono Panel Law Firm Application (PDF) and return it to the Clerk's Office. Be sure to also read the Pro Bono Plan (PDF).
You may contact the following people if you have questions:
Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair
Pro Bono Coordinator
United States District Court
700 Stewart Street, Suite 2310
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 370-8482