Tilei v. McGuinness

The Ninth Circuit appointed Goodwin as pro bono counsel to represent an inmate who had filed a complaint alleging that prison officials were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs. The district court dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint sua sponte and denied his requests for appointed pro bono counsel. Goodwin successfully persuaded the Ninth Circuit to reverse on both issues. The court held that the plaintiff had adequately pleaded deliberate indifference and also held that the district court had abused its discretion in denying pro bono counsel in light of the prisoner’s medical incapacitation. Prior to this case, the Ninth Circuit had never reversed the denial of pro bono counsel on the basis of medical incapacitation, and had rarely reversed the denial of pro bono counsel at all.


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