STEVENSON v. GREAT VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
ORDER THAT THE CLERK IS DIRECTED TO TERMINATE ATTORNEY GLENN H. STEPHENS AS COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF. THE CLERK IS DIRECTED TO STRIKE ALL DOCUMENTS FILED BY STEPHENS AFTER 12/9/2016. GLENN STEPHENS III IS BARRED FROM FILING ANY MORE DOCUMENTS ON THIS COURT'S ECF SYSTEM IN THIS MATTER UNLESS HE FIRST REQUESTS PERMISSION FROM THE COURT. PLAINTIFF IS GRANTED UNTIL 1/31/2017 TO EITHER FILE A JOINT STIPULATION OF DISMISSAL OR A ONE-PARAGRAPH MOTION TO VOLUNTARILY DISMISS. THE CLERK IS FURTHER DIRECTED TO SEND A COPY OF THIS ORDER DIRECTLY TO PLAINTIFF.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JEFFREY L. SCHMEHL ON 1/11/2017. 1/12/2017 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED TO PRO SE PLAINTIFF, E-MAILED.(kp, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
ANTHONY LYN STEVENSON, SR.
GREAT VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
: CIVIL ACTION
: NO. 15-5933
Plaintiff filed this Title VII action pro se on October 30, 2015. On February
24, 2016, Glenn Stephens III, Esq. (“Stephens”), an attorney domiciled in Virginia and
admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, filed an application for admission to
practice before this Court pro hac vice on behalf of the plaintiff who is Stephens’
brother-in-law. Stephens’ application was sponsored by Sharon R. Meisler, Esq,
(“Meisler”), an attorney admitted to practice before this Court. (ECF 5.) The Court
approved the application on March 23, 2016. (ECF 10.)
On November 21, 2016, the Court granted a Rule upon Stephens to show
cause why he should not be held in contempt or otherwise sanctioned for failing to
appear at two status conferences with opposing counsel and the Court. (ECF 56.) The
Court scheduled a hearing for December 9, 2016. (Id.)
On November 22, 2016, Stephens filed a Notice of Withdrawal in which he
announced that “[w]ith Plaintiff’s consent, Dr. Stephens announces his withdrawal under
[Local] Rule 5.1.” (ECF 59.) By doing so, Stephens failed to comply with Local Rule
5.1(c) which requires that Stephens first seek leave of court to withdraw since another
attorney did not enter his appearance on the same date that Stephens announced his
intention to withdraw. On December 5, 2016, Meisler filed a motion to withdraw as
attorney of record. (ECF 66.) On December 8, 2016, Stephens filed a “Motion to
Withdraw Motion to Withdraw” in which he alleged that “[t]he Plaintiff has or will shortly
retain Edward C. Sweeney of Wusinich & Brogan, to replace Ms. Sharon Meisler. The
Plaintiff and Mr. Sweeney have agreed to representation on the express condition that
Mr. Sweeney serve as Local Counsel and Dr. Stephens serve as Lead Counsel.” (ECF
71 at p. 1). On that same date, defendant filed a motion for sanctions against Stephens
in which defendant alleged, inter alia, that ”[i]stead of diligently prosecuting this case,
Stephens occupied himself with abusing the judicial process by repeated frivolous filings
designed to publicly embarrass District employees while forcing the District to incur
excessive and unwarranted legal fees.” (ECF 73-1, at p. 1.)
During the hearing on December 9, 2016, the Court granted Meisler’s
motion to withdraw. (ECF 77.) As a result, Stephens no longer retained a sponsor for
his admission to practice before this Court and was no longer authorized to represent
plaintiff. See Local Rule 83.5.2(b). Moreover, contrary to Stephens’ representations, to
date neither Sweeney nor anyone else has entered his appearance on behalf of plaintiff.
In the meanwhile, despite the fact that he was no longer authorized to represent
plaintiff, Stephens accelerated a disturbing trend of bombarding the Court with frivolous
motions and documents.
On December 19, 2017, Stephens filed a Notice of Withdrawal of the
Complaint. (ECF 81.) The Notice was not signed by plaintiff. Unfortunately, since the
Court granted Meisler’s motion to withdraw and a new attorney had not entered an
appearance to sponsor Stephens, Stephens had no authority to file such a Notice of
behalf of plaintiff. In addition, any notice of withdrawal without court order had to be in
the form of a stipulation between plaintiff and counsel for the defendant. See Fed. R.
Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(ii). Given these circumstances, the Court will allow plaintiff until
January 31, 2017 to file either a signed joint stipulation of dismissal with counsel for the
defendant or a one-paragraph motion to voluntarily dismiss pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P.
41(a) that is signed by plaintiff. Again, the Court reminds plaintiff that Stephens is no
longer authorized to represent the plaintiff before this Court.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The Clerk is DIRECTED to terminate Glenn Stephens III, Esq. as counsel for
2. The Clerk is DIRECTED to strike all documents filed by Stephens after
December 9, 2016, the date his sponsor was granted leave to withdraw from
3. Glenn Stephens III, Esq. is barred from filing any more documents on this
Court’s ECF system in this matter, unless he first requests permission from
4. Plaintiff is granted until January 31, 2017 to either file a signed joint
stipulation of dismissal with counsel for the defendant or a one-paragraph
motion to voluntarily dismiss pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a) that is signed
by plaintiff. If the Court does not receive such a stipulation or motion by
January 31, 2017, the case will proceed with plaintiff acting pro se.
5. The Clerk is further DIRECTED to send a copy of this Order directly to the
BY THE COURT:
/s/ Jeffrey L. Schmehl
JEFFREY L. SCHMEHL, J.
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