Lyall v. U S Bank National Assocation et al
ORDER denying Plaintiff's 93 Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Judge Richard A Jones. (PM)
THE HONORABLE JUDGE RICHARD A. JONES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
MARTA D. LYALL,
U.S. BANK NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION; TRUMAN TITLE 2013 )
SC3 TITLE TRUST; TRUMAN
CAPITAL ADVISORS, LP;
RUSHMORE LOAN MANAGEMENT )
SERVICES, LLC; BANK OF AMERICA, )
N.A.; DITECH HOME LOAN
SERVICING; CWABS MASTER
TRUST, REVOLVING HOME EQUITY )
LOAN ASSET BACKED NOTES,
SERIES 2004-"O"; CARNEGIE
MELLON UNIVERSITY; UNIVERSITY )
OF WASHINGTON; WASHINGTON
STATE DEPARTMENT OF
COMMERCE; DISPUTE RESOLUTION )
CENTER OF KING COUNTY; and
JOHN AND JANE DOES 1-100,
Case No: 17-00472-RAJ
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion to Appoint Counsel.
Dkt. # 93. Generally, a person has no right to counsel in civil actions. See Storseth v.
Spellman, 654 F.2d 1349, 1353 (9th Cir. 1981). However, a court may under
“exceptional circumstances” appoint counsel for indigent civil litigants pursuant to 28
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U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1). Agyeman v. Corrs. Corp. of Am., 390 F.3d 1101, 1103 (9th Cir.
When determining whether “exceptional circumstances” exist, a court must
consider “the likelihood of success on the merits as well as the ability of the petitioner to
articulate [her] claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved.”
Weygandt v. Look, 718 F.2d 952, 954 (9th Cir. 1983). A plaintiff must plead facts that
show she has an insufficient grasp of her case or the legal issue involved and an
inadequate ability to articulate the factual basis of her claim. Agyeman, 390 F.3d at 1103.
Although most parties would benefit from representation by an attorney, that is not the
standard for appointment of counsel in a civil case. See Rand v. Roland, 113 F.3d 1520,
1525 (9th Cir. 1997), overruled on other grounds, 154 F. 3d 952 (9th Cir. 1998) (finding
that a pro se litigant may be better served with the assistance of counsel is not the test).
Plaintiff must show exceptional circumstances.
The Court finds that no exceptional circumstances warrant the appointment of
counsel in this matter. Plaintiff appears to have a sufficient grasp of her case in light of
the volume of briefs she has filed since commencing litigation. It is abundantly clear to
the Court that Plaintiff understands the factual bases and nuances of her claims and has
articulated this to the Court. Based on Plaintiff’s representations, it appears that she may
require administrative assistance in typing and preparing documents rather than legal
assistance. Furthermore, the Court finds that Plaintiff is unlikely to succeed on the merits
of her claims and therefore does not find appointing counsel appropriate in this matter.
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Motion is DENIED. Dkt. # 93.
Dated this 14th day of July, 2017.
The Honorable Richard A. Jones
United States District Judge
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