Hernandez v. The GEO Group, Inc. et al
ORDER DISCHARGING 28 Order to Show Cause to Attorney Alis Moon, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 12/29/2016. (Hall, S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:15 cv 01813 - JLT
ORDER DISCHARGING ORDER TO SHOW
CAUSE TO ATTORNEY ALIS MOON
THE GEO GROUP, INC., et al.,
On December 7, 2015, soon after this matter was filed, the Clerk of the Court directed
attorney Alis Moon to seek membership in this Court. (Doc. 7) Ms. Moon and Ms. Thompson, to
whom similar direction was provided, report that they did not receive these communications (Doc.
29 at 2; Doc. 30 at 2).1
Ms. Moon and Ms. Thompson explain further that Ms. Moon has had little involvement in
this case and neither realized that she was identified as an attorney of record in this case (Doc. 29 at
2; Doc. 30 at 2) Nevertheless, Ms. Moon has been listed on the caption in this case since the very
first pleading filed by the plaintiff in this court and, of course, she was listed on the caption when the
action was filed originally in state court. (Doc 1-2 at 3; Doc. 15) Moreover, every order issued by
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.
this Court has been served by mail to Ms. Moon because she is not a member and has not consented
to service by mail. (Docs. 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 27) Thus, there was sufficient reason to know
that Ms. Moon is an attorney of record in this case.
Finally, of course, an attorney must become a member of every District Court in which she
practices—even if she intends to have little involvement in the case. Membership in the State Bar or
in a particular District does not provide entrée into any other District nor, for that matter, into the
associated courts of appeals. Nevertheless, such a mistake is easily made and Ms. Moon has acted
diligently in attempting to gather the necessary documents to obtain membership. The Court is
confident she will submit her membership application shortly. Therefore, the Court ORDERS:
The order to show cause is DISCHARGED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
December 29, 2016
/s/ Jennifer L. Thurston
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C.
633 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA
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