Farr v. Winn
ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF'S 25 Motion to Appoint Counsel - Signed by Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen. (CCie)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
TOMMY FARR #292839,
District Judge Stephen J. Murphy
Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen
O.T. WINN, ET AL.,
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 [ECF No. 25].
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
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. While it is true that a motion for summary judgment on the basis of exhaustion has
already been denied as to two Defendants, the deadline for dispositive motions pertaining
to the merits of Plaintiff’s claims is currently set for November 3, 2019.
Plaintiff’s motion to appoint counsel is premature. If Plaintiff’s claims ultimately survive
any future dispositive motions, he may renew his motion for appointment of counsel at that
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motion to appoint counsel [ECF No. 25] is DENIED
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: October 6, 2019
s/R. Steven Whalen
R. STEVEN WHALEN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify on October 6, 2019 that I electronically filed the foregoing paper with
the Clerk of the Court sending notification of such filing to all counsel registered
electronically. I hereby certify that a copy of this paper was mailed to the following nonregistered ECF participants October 6, 2019.
s/Carolyn M. Ciesla
Case Manager for the
Honorable R. Steven Whalen
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