Russell v. John Doe et al
MEMORANDUM Order. Signed by the Honorable Milton I. Shadur on 5/24/2017:Mailed notice(clw, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
MIKE D. RUSSELL,
KITCHEN SUPERVISOR BRUCE
JOHN DOE, et al.,
Case No. 16 C 5950
This action, filed pro se by prisoner plaintiff Mike Russell ("Russell") and originally
assigned to the calendar of this Court's late friend and colleague Honorable John Darrah, came to
this Court's calendar via random assignment during Judge Darrah's terminal illness. This Court
promptly printed out the case docket and found that the action had been dormant for some time,
so it promptly issued a brief March 24, 2017 memorandum order that set an April 10 status
hearing date and directed that arrangements be made for Russell to participate telephonically.
Quite early in the case's pendency before Judge Darrah he had denied Russell's motion
for attorney representation without prejudice, and during the April 10 status hearing this Court
reinforced the need for Russell to reapply. On May 12 Russell filed a renewed Motion for
Attorney Representation ("Motion"), using the Clerk's-Office-supplied form of that motion, 1 that
effectively addressed the flaw that had triggered Judge Darrah's denial of Russell's original
On May 3 the Clerk's Office had received a four-page hand-printed Motion for
Appointment of Counsel from Russell, but no copy of that filing was provided to this Court.
Because the May 12 filing referred to in the text has superseded that earlier submission and has
done the job for Russell, the May 3 filing [Dkt. No. 33] is simply denied as moot.
Motion: his failure to identify his own efforts to seek out counsel, a requirement imposed by our
Court of Appeals as a precondition to consideration of such a motion. Because the May 12
Motion has suitably addressed the Court of Appeals' requirement, this Court grants that motion
and has obtained the name of this member of the District Court trial bar to represent Russell:
Alan J. Martin, Esq.
Law Offices of Alan J. Martin, LLC
120 North LaSalle Street, 20th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602
This Court sets a status hearing for 9 a.m. July 11, 2017, with the above-designated
counsel being expected in the interim (1) to confer with Russell, (2) to make arrangements for
service of process on defendants by the United States Marshals Service and to consider whether
(3) to leave Russell's Complaint in place or, perhaps, (4) to consider whether a lawyer-prepared
replacement pleading will better serve Russell's interests. 2
Milton I. Shadur
Senior United States District Judge
Date: May 24, 2017
If the latter alternative applies, attorney Martin should communicate with the counsel
who are already representing defendants and advise them that no responsive pleading to Russell's
self-prepared version of the Complaint should currently be prepared and filed.
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