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Pro Bono Assistance Opportunities in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Thursday, March 21, 2024

In July 2018, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky adopted a pro bono program designed to address the Court’s growing need to provide counsel for indigent litigants in certain civil cases.  The Court is currently seeking additional members of its bar to volunteer to participate in this program. 

Those admitted to the Court’s pro bono panel will join a roster of volunteer attorneys from which the Court will make civil case appointments.  Appointed counsel will be asked to represent indigent parties in civil litigation after the Court has preliminarily evaluated the case and made a determination to seek counsel for the unrepresented indigent party. 

Counsel may seek reimbursement of allowable expenses up to $1,000.  More importantly, they will be providing a valuable service to their client, the Court, and their community. 

Members of the Court’s bar are invited to volunteer by submitting a Pro Bono Attorney Application which is available here.  For questions about the Pro Bono Program, please contact Clerk of Court James Vilt by e-mail at or at (502) 625-3508.