Springfield v. Unknown
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Allison Claire on 12/5/2017 GRANTING Mr. White's 124 motion to withdraw his appointment as pro bono legal counsel for plaintiff. Effective immediately, Mr. White's appointment is VACATED, and plaintiff s hall now represent himself in propria persona. Mr. White is DIRECTED to apply for reimbursement of his costs in this case from the court's nonappropriated funds. Plaintiff's 123 motion for an order to preclude counsel's reimbursement of costs from the prospective settlement funds is DENIED as moot. The hearing on this matter scheduled 12/13/2017 is VACATED. (Yin, K)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CIRON B. SPRINGFIELD
No. 2:12-cv-2552 KJM AC P
VISMAL J. SINGH, et al.,
On November 7, 2017, Mr. Carter C. White, appointed pro bono counsel for plaintiff (a
state prisoner), filed and served a motion to withdraw his representation of plaintiff. See ECF No.
124. By order filed November 9, 2017, the court directed plaintiff to file and serve a response
within fourteen days, or by November 24, 2017.1 See ECF No. 126. The court informed plaintiff
that approval of Mr. White’s request would have no effect on the enforceability of the parties’
existing settlement agreement, and that the settlement judge will continue to monitor the progress
of final disposition. Id. at 1. The court directed plaintiff that his response “need only indicate
whether or not he opposes Mr. White’s withdrawal.” Id.
Because the fourteen-day deadline fell on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017,
the deadline was extended to Friday, November 24, 2017. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(a)(1)(C).
Plaintiff has not responded within the time provided. The court construes plaintiff’s
silence as a statement of non-opposition to Mr. White’s motion. As a result, the court vacates the
hearing on this matter scheduled for December 13, 2017, and will decide the matter on the papers.
See Local Rule 230(l).
The undersigned has reviewed Mr. White’s motion and his supporting declaration under
the standards set forth in Local Rule 182(d) and Rule 3-700(A)(2), California Rules of
Professional Conduct. The court finds good cause for Mr. White’s request and that his
withdrawal will not unduly prejudice plaintiff. For these reasons, Mr. White’s motion to
withdraw his legal representation of plaintiff will be granted.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Mr. White’s motion to withdraw his appointment as pro bono legal counsel for
plaintiff, ECF No. 124, is granted.
2. Effective immediately, Mr. White’s appointment is vacated, and plaintiff shall now
represent himself in propria persona.
3. Mr. White is directed to apply for reimbursement of his costs in this case from the
court’s nonappropriated funds.
4. Plaintiff’s motion for an order to preclude counsel’s reimbursement of costs from the
prospective settlement funds, ECF No. 123, is denied as moot.
5. The hearing on this matter scheduled for December 13, 2017, is vacated.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: December 5, 2017
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