#Lawtwitter Hail Mary incoming

I would normally exhaust literally every other option before even considering openly seeking assistance on Twitter with a case, & even then probably still not do it, but this is a truly $%^&ed up matter that just hurts my soul, so here goes.
A colleague was on the cusp of filing a federal lawsuit in an egregious case involving a female Bureau of Prisons employee, when her male colleagues were doing things like subjecting her to extra scrutiny & saying she wouldn't need to do that if she put out for them. When she ...
complained about this, she was harshly retaliated against because a primary offending culprit was a senior union official, ultimately being forced out by intense psychological pressure. The factual record has been fully fleshed out at the administrative level, even though ...
most of the activity took place many years ago. But on the eve of filing the lawsuit, her lawyer took a federal job & had to leave the case, & his firm declined to take over because there was no contract for federal litigation in place. And he can't even hunt for lawyers to ...
take over because of his new agency's ethics rules. So I've agreed to try to find someone to take over the case, but all my efforts have been in vain (& I can't take the case myself because it's too far outside my expertise). So this is my Hail Mary.

Her former lawyer is ...
allowed to answer questions about the case if a lawyer approaches HIM, so if you are a federal litigator who deals with these issues, I can send you the complaint already filed pro se & give you his contact info. The case is in WV district court & there is a local counsel ...
who is willing to be the pro hac vice sponsor, but he won't take the case solo. So where you are barred doesn't really matter.

Full disclosure, there may be evidentiary issues. Even though the record has been developed, the allegations are around 9 years old, & many of the ...
witnesses are now former federal employees. And the case would be entirely on contingency. She has been driven into virtual poverty by this. We've had a few false starts here, so I'm just putting that out proactively.
If this case interests you, DM @bstautberg & he'll send you the relevant info.

OK, Hail Mary done. Now we wait to see if it helps.

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