SMITH v. MAYOR, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION re: 26 USCA Order remanding the case. Please see the attached Memorandum Opinion for additional details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 12/23/2016. (lcapm1)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Mayor, District of Columbia, et al.,
Case No. 15-cv-01798 (APM)
The Court of Appeals has directed this court to “determine whether appellant [Michelle D.
Smith] filed a timely notice of appeal.” USCA Order, ECF No. 26 [hereinafter USCA Order]. The
court has reviewed Smith’s Response to the Order to Show Cause (“Response”), and the court
finds that her notice of appeal was timely filed. See USCA Order, Pl.-Appellant’s Resp. to the
Order to Show Cause, ECF No. 26-1 [hereinafter Resp.].
Smith was required to file her notice of appeal “with the district clerk within 30 days after
entry” of the court’s denial of her Motion for Reconsideration. See Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(A),
(a)(4). The court denied her Motion for Reconsideration by minute order on July 27, 2016. See
Minute Order, July 27, 2016. Accordingly, to be considered timely, Plaintiff had to file her notice
of appeal with the District Court’s clerk’s office no later than August 26, 2016.
The court finds Smith timely filed her Notice of Appeal. Smith submitted evidence with
her Response showing that she transmitted her Notice of Appeal by U.S. Postal Service Certified
Mail to the District Court’s clerk’s office on August 25, 2016. See Resp. at 5. The clerk’s office
received the Notice of Appeal the following day, August 26, 2016—the 30th day following entry
of the denial of her Motion for Reconsideration. Id. The clerk’s office’s receipt of the Notice of
Appeal rendered the Notice of Appeal “filed” for purposes of Rule 4(a) of the Federal Rules of
Appellate Procedure, see Royall v. Nat’l Ass’n of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, 548 F.3d 137, 142
(D.C. Cir. 2008) (“The Supreme Court has long recognized that, with exceptions not relevant here,
receipt by the clerk within the required time period satisfies the timely filing requirement for a
notice of appeal in a civil case[.]” (citing Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266, 273–74 (1988); Parissi
v. Teechron, Inc., 349 U.S. 46, 46 (1955))), even though the Notice was not formally entered on
the docket until September 1, 2016, Notice of Appeal, ECF No. 24. Accordingly, Smith’s Notice
of Appeal was timely filed.
Dated: December 23, 2016
Amit P. Mehta
United States District Judge
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