Kautz v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 14

NOTICE TO PRO SE PLAINTIFF. Signed by Judge Michael J. Newman on 1/6/21. (srb)(This document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF that did not receive electronic notification.)

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Case: 3:20-cv-00244-MJN Doc #: 14 Filed: 01/06/21 Page: 1 of 2 PAGEID #: 711 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO WESTERN DIVISION AT DAYTON STEVEN KAUTZ, Plaintiff, Case No. 3:20-cv-244 vs. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, District Judge Michael J. Newman Defendant. ______________________________________________________________________________ NOTICE TO PRO SE PLAINTIFF ______________________________________________________________________________ Understanding that Plaintiff is proceeding pro se in this case, the Court, in the interests of justice, NOTIFIES Plaintiff of the following: 1. You have the right to be represented by an attorney throughout the proceedings in this Court. 2. If you are interested in obtaining counsel but are unsure of how to find an appropriate attorney, you may wish to contact the Dayton Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at (937) 222-6102 or the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project at (937) 461-3857. Information regarding the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project can be accessed online at www.gdvlp.org. 3. The Court does not have funding to appoint lawyers to represent parties in civil cases. However, should you desire the assistance of a lawyer, and should all other efforts to obtain a lawyer fail, the Court will entertain a motion for the appointment of counsel and will make its best efforts to find counsel to represent you pro bono. 4. You also have the right to proceed without the assistance of an attorney if you so choose. 5. Parties are not permitted to have ex-parte communications with the Court. This means that you cannot communicate with the Court about the merits of your case, orally or in writing, without the other party’s participation. 6. You must tell the Court and the other party’s attorney, in writing, of changes to your address and/or telephone number. Case: 3:20-cv-00244-MJN Doc #: 14 Filed: 01/06/21 Page: 2 of 2 PAGEID #: 712 7. Because pro se litigants do not have access to the Court’s electronic filing system, they are required to mail a copy of anything they file with the Court to the other party’s attorney and enclose a signed Certificate of Service. This requirement can be avoided if: (1) the pro se litigant personally brings the filing to the Clerk of Court’s office for filing; (2) the attorney(s) for the other party agree to receive service solely through the Court’s CM/ECF filing system; and (3) the Certificate of Service in the pro se litigant’s filing states that service will be made solely through the Court’s CM/ECF filing system and counsel for the opposing party has so consented. 8. Pro se litigants are encouraged to read the Guide for Pro Se Civil Litigants, which can be accessed online at https://www.ohsd.uscourts.gov/pro-se-handbook. IT IS SO ORDERED. Date: January 6, 2021 /s/Michael J. Newman Michael J. Newman United States District Judge

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