Gonzalez v. Clark County, ex rel et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 25 Motion to Appoint Counsel; Case stayed for 60 days. This case is referred to the Pro Bono Liaison. This case is referred to the Inmate Early Mediation program, and the court will enter a subsequent order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach on 9/12/2017. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF, cc: Pro Bono Liaison - JM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
CLARK COUNTY, EX REL-THE CLARK
COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, SGT.
ASPIAZU, 7117, CO HOOD, #9902, et al.,
Plaintiff has filed a motion for appointment of counsel. (ECF No. 25). No opposition has been
This is a removal case from the Eighth Judicial District Court on February 24, 2017. (ECF No. 1).
An inmate early mediation was never scheduled. Here, Plaintiff asks this court to appoint Travis Barrick
as his counsel of record.
A litigant in a civil rights action does not have a Sixth Amendment right to appointed counsel.
Storseth v. Spellman, 654 F.2d 1349, 13253 (9th Cir. 1981).
The court may appoint counsel under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 only under exceptional circumstances.
Terrell v. Brewer, 935 F.2d 1015, 1017 (9th Cir. 1991). “A finding of exceptional circumstances requires
an evaluation of both the likelihood of success on the merits and the ability of the petitioner to articulate
his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved. Neither of these factors is
dispositive and both must be viewed together before reaching a decision.” Id. (citations and internal
quotation marks omitted). The court has reviewed the complaint and filings in this case. The claims here
are not complex. Given the nature of the claims, this case is referred to the inmate early mediation
This case is also referred to the Pro Bono Program ("Program") adopted in General Order 2016-
02 for the purpose of screening for financial eligibility (if necessary) and identifying counsel willing to be
appointed as pro bono counsel for Plaintiff. The scope of appointment shall be for the limited purpose of
representation at the Inmate Early Mediation. By referring this case to the Program, the Court is not
expressing an opinion as to the merits of the case. Accordingly,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is referred to the Pro Bono Program for appointment of
counsel for the purposes identified herein.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk will forward this order to the Pro Bono Liaison.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this case is referred to the Inmate Early Mediation program, and
the court will enter a subsequent order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this case is stayed for 60 days to allow the parties an opportunity
to settle their dispute.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel (ECF No. 25) is
GRANTED in part and DENIED in part, as stated above.
DATED this 12th day of September, 2017.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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