Hernandez v. The GEO Group, Inc. et al

Filing 31

ORDER DISCHARGING 28 Order to Show Cause to Attorney Alis Moon, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 12/29/2016. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JOSEPHINE HERNANDEZ, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 Case No. 1:15 cv 01813 - JLT ORDER DISCHARGING ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE TO ATTORNEY ALIS MOON v. THE GEO GROUP, INC., et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 On December 7, 2015, soon after this matter was filed, the Clerk of the Court directed 18 attorney Alis Moon to seek membership in this Court. (Doc. 7) Ms. Moon and Ms. Thompson, to 19 whom similar direction was provided, report that they did not receive these communications (Doc. 20 29 at 2; Doc. 30 at 2).1 21 Ms. Moon and Ms. Thompson explain further that Ms. Moon has had little involvement in 22 this case and neither realized that she was identified as an attorney of record in this case (Doc. 29 at 23 2; Doc. 30 at 2) Nevertheless, Ms. Moon has been listed on the caption in this case since the very 24 first pleading filed by the plaintiff in this court and, of course, she was listed on the caption when the 25 action was filed originally in state court. (Doc 1-2 at 3; Doc. 15) Moreover, every order issued by 26 27 28 1 Both report not having received an email with this information. However, because neither was a member of the Court at the time, the notices were sent via first class mail rather than by email. (Doc. 7) Notably, Ms. Thompson became a member a few weeks later on January 6, 2016. 1 this Court has been served by mail to Ms. Moon because she is not a member and has not consented 2 to service by mail. (Docs. 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 27) Thus, there was sufficient reason to know 3 that Ms. Moon is an attorney of record in this case. 4 Finally, of course, an attorney must become a member of every District Court in which she 5 practices—even if she intends to have little involvement in the case. Membership in the State Bar or 6 in a particular District does not provide entrée into any other District nor, for that matter, into the 7 associated courts of appeals. Nevertheless, such a mistake is easily made and Ms. Moon has acted 8 diligently in attempting to gather the necessary documents to obtain membership. The Court is 9 confident she will submit her membership application shortly. Therefore, the Court ORDERS: 10 1. The order to show cause is DISCHARGED. 11 12 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: December 29, 2016 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. 633 West 5th Street 63rd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071 213.443.4300 2. Firmwide:144553485.3 080853.1012

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