Kirk Watkins, a member of the Litigation Practice Group, took on a civil rights case, pro bono, beginning in 2011 to represent an inmate in state prison in Joliet, Ill. The case concerned injuries that the inmate sustained from a stray shotgun pellet wound as a bystander to an altercation in prison. The inmate filed claims of excessive force and failure to receive treatment against the defendants, which included two prison guards and a medical technician. Mr. Watkins helped to reverse an early dismissal of the case and ultimately prevailed on multiple motions leading up to trial, culminating with a favorable settlement for the plaintiff inmate. In recognition of his work on the case, Mr. Watkins received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in conjunction with the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
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