Morrissette v. Colvin

Filing 16

Order re: 15 MOTION for Walter A. Blakeney to Withdraw as Attorney filed by Kedrick Kawassi Morrissette. The Court directs Plaintiff's counsel to mail copies of this order and his motion to withdraw to Plaintiff's next-of-ki n. After counsel provides written notice to the Court verifying that he has complied with this order, the motion to withdraw will be granted. If no motion for substitution of parties is filed by 2/18/2014, this action will be dismissed without prejudice. Disposition Deadline set to 2/18/2014. Signed by Senior Judge Charles R. Butler, Jr on 11/15/2013. (sdb)

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IN  THE  UNITED  STATES  DISTRICT  COURT  FOR  THE   SOUTHERN  DISTRICT  OF  ALABAMA   SOUTHERN  DIVISION     KEDRICK  KAWASSI   MORRISETTE,     Plaintiff,     v.     CAROLYN  W.  COLVIN,   Acting  Commissioner  of   Social  Security     Defendan         )   )   )   )   )   )   )   )   )   )   )   )           CIVIL  ACTION  NO.   13-­‐00265-­‐CB-­‐M     ORDER   This  matter  is  before  the  Court  on  a  motion  filed  by  attorney  Walter  A.   Blakeney  seeking  permission  to  withdraw  as  counsel  of  record  for  the  plaintiff,   Kedrick  Kawassi  Morrisette.    (Doc.  15.)    Mr.  Blakeney  states  that  the  Plaintiff  has   died,  that  counsel  has  been  unsuccessful  in  his  attempt  to  obtain  a  certificate  of   death  or  to  secure  a  substitute  party,  and  that  he  has  been  unable  to  maintain   regular  contact  with  any  person  who  might  serve  as  a  substitute  party.       The  motion  to  withdraw  is  governed  by  Local  Rule  83.5(h),  which  states  in   relevant  part:     (h)  Duration  of  Representation.  Unless  disbarred  or   suspended,  attorneys  shall  be  held  at  all  times  to  represent  the   parties  for  whom  they  appear  of  record  in  the  first  instance  until,   after  formal  motion  and  notice  to  such  parties  and  to  opposing   counsel,  they  are  permitted  to  withdraw  from  such  representation.   The  court  may,  however,  permit  withdrawal  without  formal  motion   and  notice  if  other  counsel  has  entered  his  or  her  appearance  for  the   party.       This  is  an  unusual  situation.    Counsel  is  normally  required  to  give  written   notice  to  his  client  before  he  may  be  permitted  to  withdraw.    Obviously,  that  is  not   possible  in  this  case.    Out  of  an  abundance  of  caution,  the  Court  hereby  directs   Plaintiff’s  counsel  to  mail  copies  of  this  order  and  his  motion  to  withdraw  to   Plaintiff’s  next-­‐of-­‐kin.    After  counsel  provides  written  notice  to  the  Court  verifying   that  he  has  complied  with  this  order,  the  motion  to  withdraw  will  be  granted.   If  no  motion  for  substitution  of  parties  is  filed  on  or  before  February  18,  2014,  this   action  will  be  dismissed  without  prejudice.     DONE  and  ORDERED  this  the  15th  day  of  November  2013.                                 s/Charles  R.  Butler,  Jr.       Senior  United  States  District  Judge  

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