Stevens v. Potila et al

Filing 19

ORDER denying 16 Motion to Appoint Counsel. Signed by Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen. (Ciesla, C)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION ROLAND STEVENS, #298883 Plaintiff, v. Case No. 14-10863 District Judge John Gershwin A. Drain Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen DEAN POTILA, et al., Defendants. _____________________________/ ORDER DENYING APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL 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 #16]. 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. 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. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel [Docket #16] is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. s/R. Steven Whalen R. STEVEN WHALEN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Dated: August 28, 2014 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was sent to parties of record on August 28, 2014, electronically and/or by U.S. mail. s/Carolyn M. Ciesla Case Manager to the Honorable R. Steven Whalen

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