Laramore v. Jacobsen et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs motion for appointment of counsel [Doc. # 20 ] is DENIED without prejudice. Signed by District Judge Ronnie L. White on 4/16/18. (KJS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
ZACH JACOBSEN, et al.,
No. 4:17-CV-2283 RLW
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Plaintiff moves for appointment of counsel.
After considering the motion and the
pleadings, the motion is denied without prejudice to refiling at a later time.
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 plaintiffs 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.
Plaintiff has presented non-frivolous allegations in his amended complaint relating to his
denial of medical care. However, he has demonstrated, at this point, that he can adequately
present his claims to the Court. Additionally, neither the factual nor the legal issues in this case
The Court will entertain future motions for appointment of counsel as the case
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs motion for appointment of counsel [Doc.
#20] is DENIED without prejudice.
/b~ay of April, 2018.
RONNIE L. WHITE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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