Beckermann v. Babich et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER re: 11 MOTION to Appoint Counsel filed by Plaintiff Jeffrey A. Beckermann. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED without prejudice. Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 10/12/16. (CSG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JEFFREY A. BECKERMANN,
GLEN BABICH, et al.,
No. 1:16CV105 SNLJ
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff Jeffrey A. Beckermann's motion for
appointment of counsel. (Docket No. 11). The motion will be denied at this time, without
There is no constitutional or statutory right to appointed counsel in civil cases. Nelson v.
Redfield Lithograph Printing, 728 F.2d 1003, 1004 (8th Cir. 1984). In determining whether to
appoint counsel, the Court considers several factors, including (1) whether the plaintiff has
presented non-frivolous allegations supporting his or her prayer for relief; (2) whether the
plaintiff will substantially benefit from the appointment of counsel; (3) whether there is a need to
further investigate and present the facts related to the plaintiff's allegations; and (4) whether the
factual and legal issues presented by the action are complex. See Johnson v. Williams, 788 F.2d
1319, 1322-23 (8th Cir. 1986); Nelson, 728 F.2d at 1005.
After considering these factors, the Court finds that the facts and legal issues involved are
not so complicated that the appointment of counsel is warranted at this time.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel is
DENIED without prejudice.
Dated this 12th day of October, 2016.
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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