Jackson v. The Boeing Company

Filing 25

ORDER re Plaintiff's 23 Third Motion to Appoint Counsel; granting Plaintiff's 24 Motion for Extension of the JSR Deadline. The Court REFERS the 23 Motion to the District's Non-prisoner Civil Rights Case Screening Committee. The Court will reset the JSR deadline after it receives the Screening Committee's recommendation. Signed by Judge Marsha J. Pechman. (SB) (cc: Screening Committee via email)

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Case 2:21-cv-00654-MJP Document 25 Filed 01/07/22 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 8 9 10 LYNDON JACKSON, Plaintiff, 11 v. 12 13 CASE NO. C21-654 MJP ORDER ON MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL AND MOTION FOR EXTENSION THE BOEING COMPANY, Defendant. 14 15 16 This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Lyndon Jackson’s Third Motion to 17 Appoint Counsel. (Dkt. No. 23.) Having reviewed the Motion, the Complaint, and all supporting 18 materials, the Court REFERS the Motion to the District’s Non-prisoner Civil Rights Case 19 Screening Committee and GRANTS Plaintiff’s Motion for Extension of the JSR Deadline (Dkt. 20 No. 24). 21 “[T]here is “no constitutional right to counsel in a civil case.” Adir Int’l, LLC v. Starr 22 Indem. & Liab. Co., 994 F.3d 1032, 1038–39 (9th Cir. 2021). But under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e- 23 5(f)(1), “[u]pon application by the complainant and in such circumstances as the court may deem 24 ORDER ON MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL AND MOTION FOR EXTENSION - 1 Case 2:21-cv-00654-MJP Document 25 Filed 01/07/22 Page 2 of 3 1 just, the court may appoint an attorney for such complainant and may authorize the 2 commencement of the action without the payment of fees, costs, or security.” “Three factors are 3 relevant to the trial court’s determination whether to appoint counsel: (1) the plaintiff's financial 4 resources; (2) the efforts made by the plaintiff to secure counsel on his own; and (3) the 5 meritoriousness of plaintiff's claim.” Ivey v. Bd. of Regents of Univ. of Alaska, 673 F.2d 266, 6 269 (9th Cir. 1982). 7 Considering the three factors set out in Ivey, the complaint, and the additional 8 information provided by Jackson in his amended “Statement of Merit,” the Court finds 9 appointment of counsel may be appropriate. First, as demonstrated by Jackson’s ability to pay 10 the filing fee, it appears Jackson has some funds available to retain an attorney. This fact weighs 11 against appointment of counsel. Second, Jackson states that he has reached out to 20 attorneys, 12 apparently without success. This factor weighs somewhat in favor of appointment of counsel. 13 Third, after having reviewed the complaint and the record, including the amended “Statement of 14 Merit,” the Court finds that Jackson has identified sufficient facts that likely merit appointment 15 of counsel. Jackson’s claims of racial discrimination also present what appear to be potentially 16 complex legal and factual issues. Considering the Ivey factors, the Court finds that the present 17 action likely possesses sufficient merit to warrant appointment of counsel. But before granting or 18 denying the motion, the Court would like to obtain a recommendation from the District’s Non- 19 prisoner Civil Rights Case Screening Committee on whether it believes appointment of counsel 20 is merited. The Court therefore REFERS Jackson’s Third Motion to Appoint Counsel to the 21 Screening Committee consistent with the District’s Plan for the Representation of Pro Se 22 Litigants. See General Order 16-20 § 3(c) (W.D. Wash. Dec. 8, 2020) (available at: 23 https://www.wawd.uscourts.gov/sites/wawd/files/GO16-20AmendedProBonoPlan.pdf). After the 24 ORDER ON MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL AND MOTION FOR EXTENSION - 2 Case 2:21-cv-00654-MJP Document 25 Filed 01/07/22 Page 3 of 3 1 Screening Committee reviews this matter and makes its recommendation, the Court will render a 2 final decision on Jackson’s Third Motion to Appoint Counsel. See General Order 16-20 at § 3(g). 3 Consistent with this Order, the Court further DIRECTS Emily Nero, Coordinator of the Pro 4 Bono Panel, to forward a copy of Jackson’s Third Motion to Appoint Counsel and this Order, 5 along with a copy of his initial complaint (Dkt. No. 10), to the Screening Committee for its 6 review. 7 The Court notes that Jackson is not proceeding in forma pauperis, and hereby advises him 8 that, in accordance with the Plan for the Representation of Pro Se Litigants “[t]he appointed 9 attorney or the firm with which the attorney is affiliated shall seek reimbursement from the pro 10 se litigant for the costs incurred in litigating the action to the extent the litigant is able to bear 11 such costs.” See General Order 16-20 at § 5(a). 12 Given the Court’s referral to the Screening Committee, the Court therefore GRANTS 13 Jackson’s separate Motion for Extension of the JSR Deadline. (Dkt. No. 24.) The Court will reset 14 that deadline after it receives the Screening Committee’s recommendation. 15 The clerk is ordered to provide copies of this order to Plaintiff and to all counsel. 16 Dated January 7, 2022. 17 A 18 Marsha J. Pechman United States Senior District Judge 19 20 21 22 23 24 ORDER ON MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL AND MOTION FOR EXTENSION - 3

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