Grant v. Snowden, et al

Filing 9

ORDER Denying 3 Application for Appointment of Counsel filed by Steven Grant Signed by District Judge John Corbett O'Meara. (WBar)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION STEVEN GRANT, Plaintiff, Case No. 11-10151 v. Honorable John Corbett O’Meara MARYLIN SNOWDEN, Defendant. / ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL This matter came before the court on plaintiff Steven Grant's January 11, 2011 Application for Appointment of Counsel. In his pro se complaint, Plaintiff alleges that his former employer terminated his employment based on age and gender. The appointment of counsel in a civil case is a privilege and not a constitutional right, one that should be allowed only in exceptional cases. Lopez v. Reyes, 692 F.2d 15, 17 (5th Cir. 1982). The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has advised that district courts, in considering an application for appointment of counsel in civil cases, “should at least consider plaintiff’s financial resources, the efforts of plaintiff to obtain counsel, and whether plaintiff’s claim appears to have any merit.” Henry v. City of Detroit Manpower Dep’t., 763 F.2d 757, 760 (6th Cir. 1985). In reviewing Plaintiff's application, the court finds no exceptional circumstances to allow for the appointment of counsel. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Application for Appointment of Counsel is DENIED. s/John Corbett O'Meara United States District Judge Date: April 15, 2011 I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties of record on this date, April 15, 2011, using the ECF system and/or ordinary mail. s/William Barkholz Case Manager 2

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