Chen et al v. The City of Redmond, et al
ORDER re Plaintiffs' 8 MOTION to Appoint Counsel. Plaintiffs directed to file a financial affidavit within 14 days. Signed by Judge James L. Robart. (PM) cc: Plaintiffs with 2 blank financial affidavit forms
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
SUSAN CHEN, et al.,
CASE NO. C16-1877JLR
ORDER ON MOTION TO
Before the court are Plaintiffs Susan Chen and Naixiang Li’s motion to appoint
counsel. (Mot. (Dkt. # 8).) Plaintiffs are proceeding pro se (Compl. (Dkt. # 6)) and seek
a court-appointed attorney (see Mot.). This District has implemented a plan for
court-appointed representation of civil rights litigants. The plan requires the court to
assess a plaintiff’s case before forwarding it to the Pro Bono Screening Committee for
further review and possible appointment of pro bono counsel. See General Order, August
1, 2010, Section 3(c) (In re Amended Plan for the Representation of Pro Se Litigants in
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Civil Rights Actions). In its initial assessment, the court evaluates the case to determine
that it is not frivolous and that the plaintiff is financially eligible. Id.
Plaintiffs have not attached to their motion a “completed copy of an affidavit of
financial status.” Id., Section 3(a); (see also Mot.) The court therefore cannot fully
assess whether the court should forward Plaintiffs’ motion to the Pro Bono Screening
Committee for further review. For this reason, the court ORDERS Plaintiffs to file an
affidavit detailing their financial status no later than 14 days after the entry of this order.
Failure to do so will result in the court denying Plaintiffs’ motion to appoint counsel.
Dated this 29th day of March, 2017.
JAMES L. ROBART
United States District Judge
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