Ceasar v. SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
ORDER denying Plaintiff's 25 MOTION to Appoint Counsel. Signed by Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges on 12/4/2017. (bgoo)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Lisa Michelle Ceasar,
South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control,
C/A No.: 3:17-2018-CMC-SVH
Lisa Michelle Ceasar (“Plaintiff”), proceeding pro se, brought this action against
her employer, alleging sex discrimination. This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s
motion for appointment of counsel [ECF No. 25].
There is no right to appointed counsel in civil cases. While the court is granted the
power to exercise its discretion to appoint counsel for an indigent in a civil action, 28
U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1); Smith v. Blackledge, 451 F.2d 1201 (4th Cir. 1971), such
appointment “should be allowed only in exceptional cases.” Cook v. Bounds, 518 F.2d
779, 780 (4th Cir. 1975). Plaintiff has not shown that she is indigent, see ECF Nos. 9 and
13, or that any exceptional circumstances exist in this case. Rather, she states that she
cannot afford counsel and has been unsuccessful in retaining counsel. [ECF No. 25].
After a review of the file, this court has determined that there are no exceptional or
unusual circumstances presented that would justify the appointment of counsel, nor
would Plaintiff be denied due process if an attorney were not appointed. Whisenant v.
Yuam, 739 F.2d 160 (4th Cir. 1984). The court notes that Plaintiff has competently
represented herself thus far. In most employment discrimination cases, the issues are not
complex, and whenever such a case brought by an uncounseled litigant goes to trial, the
court outlines proper procedure so the uncounseled litigant will not be deprived of a fair
opportunity to present his case. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s request for a discretionary
appointment of counsel under 28 U.S.C. §1915(e)(1) is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
December 4, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
Shiva V. Hodges
United States Magistrate Judge
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