McDowell et al v. City and County of San Francisco et al

Filing 35

ORDER TAKING FIFTH MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL UNDER ADVISEMENT AND CONTINUING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. Case Management Statement due by 3/1/2013. Case Management Conference set for 3/8/2013 01:30 PM in Courtroom 11, 19th Floor, San Francisco.. Signed by Judge Jeffrey S. White on 1/4/13. (jjoS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/4/2013)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 FRANK AND DEBORAH MCDOWELL, 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 No. C 12-03192 JSW Plaintiffs, v. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, 13 Defendants. ORDER TAKING FIFTH MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL UNDER ADVISEMENT AND CONTINUING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE (Docket No. 33) 14 / 15 16 On December 21, 2012, Plaintiffs filed a fifth motion for appointment of counsel. 17 Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(f)(1), a court may appoint counsel for a plaintiff “in such 18 circumstances as the court may deem just.” There are three relevant factors to consider in 19 determining “whether to appoint counsel: (1) the plaintiff’s financial resources; (2) the efforts 20 made by the plaintiff to secure counsel on his or her own; and (3) the merit of the plaintiff’s 21 claim.” Johnson v. United States Treasury Department, 27 F.3d 415, 416-17 (9th Cir. 1994). 22 Ultimately, the decision on whether to appoint counsel is a matter left to the Court’s discretion. 23 Id. at 416. 24 In their most recent motion, Plaintiffs attest that they have consulted five attorneys as 25 well as the “the Bar Association Golden [G]ate Legal Help Center,” and that the attorneys 26 declined to represent them in this matter. Plaintiffs have established the first and second 27 requirements for appointment of counsel. Plaintiffs have recently filed their First Amended 28 Complaint, and the time for Defendants to respond has not yet expired. At this stage, the Court still cannot evaluate whether Plaintiffs’ claims have merit. Accordingly, the Court takes the 1 motion under advisement, and it shall resolve the motion pending further developments in this 2 case. 3 It is FURTHER ORDERED that the case management conference scheduled for January 4 11, 2013, is HEREBY CONTINUED to March 8, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. The parties’ case 5 management conference statement shall be due by no later than March 1, 2013. 6 The Court AGAIN ADVISES Plaintiffs that the Handbook for Pro Se Litigants, which Court’s website or in the Clerk’s office. The Court also advises Plaintiffs that they also may 9 wish to seek assistance from the Legal Help Center. Plaintiffs may call the Legal Help Center 10 at 415-782-9000, extension 8657, or sign up on the 15th Floor of the Courthouse, Room 2796, 11 For the Northern District of California contains helpful information about proceeding without an attorney, is available through the 8 United States District Court 7 for a free appointment with an attorney who may be able to provide basic legal help, but not 12 legal representation. 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. 14 15 Dated: January 4, 2013 JEFFREY S. WHITE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 FOR THE 3 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 4 5 FRANK AND DEBORAH MCDOWELL 6 et al, Case Number: CV12-03192 JSW Plaintiff, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE 7 v. 9 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO et al, 10 Defendant. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 8 / 12 I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. 13 District Court, Northern District of California. 14 That on January 4, 2013, I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by 15 depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office. 16 17 18 Deborah McDowell Frank McDowell 19 2800 Bellwort Court Antioch, CA 94531 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: January 4, 2013 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: Jennifer Ottolini, Deputy Clerk

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