(PC) Sharpe v. Sherman, et al.
ORDER DENYING 80 Plaintiff's Motion for Appointment of Pro Bono Counsel Without Prejudice, signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 11/17/2021. (Rivera, O)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:19-cv-00711-DAD-EPG (PC)
C. CRYER, et al.,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION
FOR APPOINTMENT OF PRO BONO
COUNSEL WITHOUT PREJUDICE
(ECF NO. 80)
Plaintiff Adam Sharpe is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this
civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
On November 16, 2021, Plaintiff filed a motion for appointment of pro bono counsel.
(ECF No. 80). Generally, Plaintiff asks for appointment of counsel because his incarceration
limits his ability to litigate, the issues in this case are complex, and Plaintiff has limited
knowledge of the law. (Id.)
Plaintiff does not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel in this action, Rand v.
Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), withdrawn in part on other grounds, 154 F.3d 952
(9th Cir. 1998), and the Court cannot require an attorney to represent Plaintiff pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1). Mallard v. United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa,
490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). However, in certain exceptional circumstances the Court may request
the voluntary assistance of counsel pursuant to section 1915(e)(1). Rand, 113 F.3d at 1525.
Without a reasonable method of securing and compensating counsel, the Court will seek
volunteer counsel only in the most serious and exceptional cases. In determining whether
“exceptional circumstances exist, a district court must evaluate both the likelihood of success of
the merits [and] the ability of the [plaintiff] to articulate his claims pro se in light of the
complexity of the legal issues involved.” Id. (citation and internal quotation marks omitted).
The Court will not order appointment of pro bono counsel at this time. The Court has
reviewed the record in this case, and at this time the Court is unable to determine that Plaintiff is
likely to succeed on the merits of his claims. Moreover, it appears that Plaintiff can adequately
articulate his claims, as evidenced, in part, by his successful opposition to Defendants’ motion for
summary judgment. (See ECF Nos. 65, 79).
Plaintiff is advised that he is not precluded from renewing his motion for appointment of
pro bono counsel at a later stage of the proceedings.
For the foregoing reasons, IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for appointment of pro
bono counsel (ECF No. 80) is DENIED without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
November 17, 2021
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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