Pro Bono Appointment in Federal Court: Tips from the Trenches – B08

Litigation and Advocacy Track
Federal Practice Section 

Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

About the Program
A significant proportion of cases in our federal court involve self-represented parties, many of whom are incarcerated. To ensure that such litigants receive appropriate representation, the court has recently amended Local Rule 83.10 to encourage more lawyers to accept pro bono appointments. In this program, a panel of federal judges and practitioners will review the local rule, discuss reasons why you should volunteer to accept a pro bono appointment in Connecticut’s US District Court, and offer practical advice for handling these cases.

You Will Learn

  • What substantive law applies to claims by prisoners, and where to find more training and education on the law
  • Procedural tips and tricks applicable to prisoner cases, including how to arrange to visit your incarcerated client and how to make sure your client appears for court proceedings
  • Approaches to settlement in prisoner cases


Jonathan B. Orleans, Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport

Kristen L. Zaehringer, Murtha Cullina LLP, Stamford


Hon. Donna F. Martinez, United States Magistrate Judge, District of Connecticut, Hartford

Hon. Michael P. Shea, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut, Hartford

Sean M. Fisher, Brenner Saltzman & Wallman LLP, New Haven

Antonio Ponvert III, Koskof Koskoff & Bieder PC, Bridgeport


1.0 CLE Credit (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 Skills)