Chen et al v. The City of Redmond, et al

Filing 9

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

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 8 9 SUSAN CHEN, et al., 10 Plaintiffs, 11 v. CASE NO. C16-1877JLR ORDER ON MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL 12 NATALIE D’AMICO, 13 Defendant. 14 Before the court are Plaintiffs Susan Chen and Naixiang Li’s motion to appoint 15 16 counsel. (Mot. (Dkt. # 8).) Plaintiffs are proceeding pro se (Compl. (Dkt. # 6)) and seek 17 a court-appointed attorney (see Mot.). This District has implemented a plan for 18 court-appointed representation of civil rights litigants. The plan requires the court to 19 assess a plaintiff’s case before forwarding it to the Pro Bono Screening Committee for 20 further review and possible appointment of pro bono counsel. See General Order, August 21 1, 2010, Section 3(c) (In re Amended Plan for the Representation of Pro Se Litigants in 22 // ORDER - 1 1 Civil Rights Actions). In its initial assessment, the court evaluates the case to determine 2 that it is not frivolous and that the plaintiff is financially eligible. Id. 3 Plaintiffs have not attached to their motion a “completed copy of an affidavit of 4 financial status.” Id., Section 3(a); (see also Mot.) The court therefore cannot fully 5 assess whether the court should forward Plaintiffs’ motion to the Pro Bono Screening 6 Committee for further review. For this reason, the court ORDERS Plaintiffs to file an 7 affidavit detailing their financial status no later than 14 days after the entry of this order. 8 Failure to do so will result in the court denying Plaintiffs’ motion to appoint counsel. 9 Dated this 29th day of March, 2017. 10 11 A 12 JAMES L. ROBART United States District Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ORDER - 2

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