Gonzalez v. Razo et al
ORDER Denying Petitioner/Plaintiff's 29 Motion for Notification for Attorney on Record, StanleyGoff, Esq., signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 10/31/16. (Verduzco, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MANUEL ANTONIO GONZALEZ,
PETITIONER/PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR
NOTIFICATION FOR ATTORNEY ON
RECORD, STANLEY GOFF, ESQ.
(ECF NO. 29)
J. RAZO, et al.,
Manuel Gonzalez (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights
action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On October 21, 2016, Plaintiff filed “Petitioner/Plaintiff’s
Motion for Notification for Attorney on Record, Stanley Goff, Esq.” (ECF No. 29). Plaintiff
informs the Court that Mr. Goff has agreed to represent Plaintiff, and provides Mr. Goff’s contact
Local Rule 182(a) states:
(1) Appearance Required. Except as permitted in (b) and
except as the Court may allow a courtesy appearance in criminal
actions, no attorney may participate in any action unless the
attorney has appeared as an attorney of record. A single client may
be represented by more than one attorney of record to the extent
authorized by the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct.
(2) Manner of Making Appearance. Appearance as an
attorney of record is made (i) by signing and filing an initial
document, see L.R. 131(a); (ii) by causing the attorney's name to be
listed in the upper left hand corner of the first page of the initial
document; (iii) by physically appearing at a court hearing in the
matter, formally stating the appearance on the record, and then
signing and filing a confirmation of appearance within seven (7)
days; or (iv) by filing and serving on all parties a substitution of
attorneys as provided in (g).
Plaintiff’s notification is not sufficient to allow Mr. Goff to be the attorney of record. The
notification does not follow Local Rule 182(a). In particular, Mr. Goff himself has not signed a
notice of appearance that binds him.
This Court will welcome Mr. Goff’s appearance once the required notification has been
filed or otherwise made in compliance with Local Rul 182(a). But as Mr. Goff has not yet made
an appearance in this case, and none of the methods listed above allow a client to make an
appearance on his or her attorney’s behalf, Plaintiff’s motion will be denied at this time.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that:
1. Petitioner/Plaintiff’s Motion for Notification for Attorney on Record, Stanley
Goff, Esq is DENIED; and
2. The Clerk of Court is directed to serve a copy of this order on Mr. Goff at The
Law Office of Stanley Goff, 15 Boardman Place, San Francisco, CA 94103.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 31, 2016
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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