Williamson v. Hass et al
ORDER DENYING without PREJUDICE Plaintiff's 62 Motion to Appoint Counsel. Signed by Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen. (MWil)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
District Judge Thomas L. Ludington
Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen
DEPUTY WARDEN RONDALL HASS,
Plaintiff, a pro se prison inmate in this civil rights action brought under 42 U.S.C.
§1983, has filed a motion for appointment of counsel [Docket #62].
Unlike criminal cases, there is no constitutional or statutory right to the
appointment of counsel in civil cases. Rather, the Court requests members of the bar to
assist in appropriate cases. In Lavado v. Keohane, 992 F.2d 601, 605-606 (6th Cir. 1993),
the Sixth Circuit noted that “[a]ppointment of counsel in a civil case is not a
constitutional right. It is a privilege that is justified only by exceptional circumstances.”
(Internal quotations and citations omitted).
It is the practice of this Court to defer any attempt to obtain counsel for pro se civil
rights Plaintiffs until after motions to dismiss or motions for summary judgment have
been denied. In this case, certain Defendants and claims have been dismissed. However,
the motions to dismiss did not address the substantive due process and deliberate
indifference claims. Further, the Court found that the Plaintiff alleged a plausible
retaliation claim that survived under Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6). In addition, the Court directed
Plaintiff to file an amended complaint if he intended to pursue his equal protection claim.
See Doc. #25. The Court granted Plaintiff leave to file an amended complaint on
December 3, 2013 [Doc. #40], and the amended complaint was filed on December 16,
2013 [Doc. #46]. All presently surviving claims are still subject to potential summary
judgment motions following discovery, and the Court has set a dispositive motion cut-off
date of July 14, 2014.
At this point, Plaintiff’s motion to appoint counsel is premature. If Plaintiff’s
claims ultimately survive dispositive motions, he may renew his motion for appointment
of counsel at that time.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel
[Docket #62] is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
Dated: April 24, 2014
s/R. Steven Whalen
R. STEVEN WHALEN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing order was sent to parties of record on April
25, 2014, electronically and/or by U.S. mail.
Case Manager to the
Honorable R. Steven Whalen
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