Robinson v. Gilliard
ORDER APPOINTING COUNSEL Attorney Ashleigh Rayanna Wilson for Corey Jawan Robinson added. Signed by Honorable J Michelle Childs on 8/30/2017. (asni, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Corey Jawan Robinson, #294233,
Officer/Sergeant Mr. Gilliard,
Civil Action No.: 5:16-cv-01635-JMC
Pro se Plaintiff, an inmate with the South Carolina Department of Corrections
(“SCDC”), filed this action (ECF No. 1) pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On August 24, 2017, the
court denied Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 36) in all respects. (ECF
No. 61.) The court further denied Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment on the basis of
qualified immunity. (ECF No. 61 at 8.) In this regard, the court now considers whether to appoint
counsel for Plaintiff.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1), “the court may request an attorney to represent any
person unable to afford counsel.” Id. However, “there is no absolute right to appointment of
counsel [absent] . . . ‘exceptional circumstances.’’’ Hall v. Holsmith, 340 F. App’x 944, 946
(4th Cir. 2009) (quoting Miller v. Simmons, 814 F.2d 962, 966 (4th Cir.1987)); Whisenant v.
Yuam, 739 F.2d 160, 163 (1984), abrogated on other grounds by Mallard v. U.S. Dist. Court
for S. Dist. of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296 (1989) (“The power to appoint is a discretionary one, but it
is an abuse of discretion to decline to appoint counsel where the case of an indigent plaintiff
presents exceptional circumstances.”). Exceptional circumstances exist where “it is apparent to
the district court that a pro se litigant has a colorable claim but lacks the capacity to present
it.” Id. at 163. At this stage of the instant action, it has become clear that Plaintiff has a
potentially meritorious claim which he is ill-equipped to litigate in a trial setting. Attorney
Ashleigh Wilson (“Attorney Wilson”) of Bowman and Brooke LLP in Columbia, South
Carolina is appointed as pro bono counsel to assist Plaintiff in this case and to represent him at
trial. Attorney Wilson is ordered to contact her client, as soon as possible, and the Clerk shall
enter a scheduling order to serve the purposes of mediation and the trial of this case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
United States District Judge
August 30, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
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