McNeil v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER DENYING Plaintiff's 26 Motion for Extension of Time without Prejudice signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 5/19/2017. (Sant Agata, S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S
MOTION FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME
Pursuant to this Court’s previous orders (Docs. 8 and 23), Plaintiff was required to file his
opening brief thirty (30) days after the Defendant’s informal letter brief was served on Plaintiff.
Defendant mailed Plaintiff its informal letter brief on April 18, 2017. (Doc. 25). On May 16,
2017, Plaintiff filed a Motion for an Extension of Time to File the Opening Brief. (Doc. 26). The
entirety of Plaintiff’s Motion is as follows: “REQUEST FOR EXTENTION OF TIME. Harley
McNeil is requesting an extension of time for opening brief.” (Doc. 26, lines 12-15).
The Court is not opposed to giving Plaintiff a reasonable extension of time to file his
opening brief. However, Plaintiff must establish good cause for the request. Fed. Rule. Civ. Proc.
6. He must also indicate how much time he is requesting. In other words, Plaintiff must give a
proposed date, explain why he was unable to meet his filing deadline, and advise the Court why
additional time is needed. In the alternative, Plaintiff may contact defense counsel, Ann Maley to
see if she is willing to enter into a stipulation to extend time which can be filed with the Court.
Pursuant to the docket, Ms. Maley’s telephone number and email is: (415)-977-8974;
Additionally, the Court notes that Plaintiff filed the motion, but another individual, Janice
Lingenfelter, is listed on the motion as a “representative.” (Doc. 26, Pg.1, ln 1-2; 20-21). Pursuant
to Local Rule180 (b), only members of the Bar of this Court are permitted to practice in this
district. See also, McShane v. United States, 366 F. 2d 286, 288 (9th Cir. 1966) (holding that a lay
person lacks authority to appear as an attorney for others). Therefore, Ms. Lingenfelter shall not
be listed on any future pleadings unless she is an attorney that has been admitted to practice in
this Court and has filed a Notice of Appearance indicating that she is Plaintiff’s lawyer.
In light of the above, Plaintiff’s Motion for an Extension of Time (Doc. 26) is DENIED
WIHTOUT PREJUDICE. Plaintiff shall file either an amended request or a stipulation consistent
with the instructions outlined above no later than June 2, 2017. Alternately, Plaintiff may file the
Opening Brief by this deadline accompanied with an explanation of why the additional time was
Plaintiff is advised that failure to timely comply with this order will result in
dismissal of this action.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
May 19, 2017
/s/ Gary S. Austin
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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