Malone et al v. Strong

Filing 45

ORDER APPOINTING CASEY ARBENZ AS REPRESENTATION LIMITED TO THESE CASES, by Magistrate Judge David W. Christel. (3:16-cv-05284-RBL-DWC, Calvin Malone; 3:16-cv-05530-RBL-DWC, George Mitchell; 3:16-cv-05532-RBL-DWC, Ronald Fox; 3:16-cv-05533-RBL- DWC, Richard Schoonover; 3:16-cv-05534-RBL-DWC, Mark Robinson; 3:16-cv-05535-RBL-DWC, John E Brooks; 3:16-cv-05537-RBL-DWC, Jonathan Parsons; 3:16-cv-05539-RBL-DWC, Paul Geier; 3:16-cv-05540-RBL-DWC, Scott Jones; 3:16-cv-05541-RBL-DWC, George H ancock; 3:16-cv-05542-RBL-DWC, Zachary Nelson; 3:16-cv-05544-RBL-DWC, Michael Cole; 3:16-cv-05545-RBL-DWC, Jeremy Mathis; 3:16-cv-05546-RBL-DWC, Gregory Jaeger; 3:16-cv-05548-RBL-DWC, Matthew Hopkins; 3:16-cv-05549-RBL-DWC, Dennis Dumas; 3:16-cv-05550-RBL-DWC, Curtis Pouncy; 3:16-cv-05551-RBL-DWC, Richard Jackson; and 3:16-cv-05555-RBL-DWC, Tommy Coleman.) (GMR)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 6 7 8 CALVIN MALONE, 9 10 11 12 CASE NO. 3:16-CV-5284-RBL-DWC Plaintiff, v. MARK STRONG, BILL VAN HOOK, Defendants. 13 14 15 16 17 ORDER APPOINTING COUNSEL FOR REPRESENTATION LIMITED TO THESE CASES 18 19 20 21 22 JAEGER, 3:16-CV-5546-RBL-DWC HOPKINS, 3:16-CV-5548-RBL-DWC DUMAS, 3:16-CV-5549-RBL-DWC SCHOONOVER, 3:16-CV-5533-RBL-DWC ROBINSON, 3:16-CV-5534-RBL-DWC BROOKS, 3:16-CV-5535-RBL-DWC PARSONS, 3:16-CV-5537-RBL-DWC COLE, 3:16-CV-5544-RBL-DWC COLEMAN, 3:16-CV-5555-RBL-DWC MATHIS, 3:16-CV-5545-RBL-DWC MITCHELL, 3:16-CV-5530-RBL-DWC; FOX, 3:16-CV-5532-RBL-DWC GEIER, 3:16-CV-5539-RBL-DWC; JONES, 3:16-CV-5540-RBL-DWC HANCOCK, 3:16-CV-5541-RBL-DWC; NELSON, 3:16-CV-5542-RBL-DWC POUNCY, 3:16-CV-5550-RBL-DWC JACKSON, 3:15-CV-5551-RBL-DWC This matter is before the Court on Casey Arbenz’s Pro Bono Panel Application (“Application”). The Court APPROVES Arbenz’s Application under the “Plan and Rules of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle for the Representation of Pro Se Litigants in Civil Rights Actions.” 23 24 ORDER APPOINTING PRO BONO COUNSEL FOR REPRESENTATION LIMITED TO THESE CASES - 1 1 Several cases are pending in this Court where the Plaintiffs allege Defendants are forcing 2 them to drink contaminated water at the Special Commitment Center (“SCC”). The Court identified 3 Arbenz, employed by the Hester Law Group, Inc., P.S., 1 as counsel willing to represent the pro se 4 Plaintiffs in these cases. See Order Reconsidering Order Denying Motion for Counsel. Arbenz has 5 entered an appearance in nineteen of these cases.2 The Court approves Arbenz’s Application and 6 appoints Arbenz as counsel for these nineteen cases and all future related cases filed by pro se 7 Plaintiffs where Arbenz enters an appearance. 3 See General Order 10-05 (General Order adopting the 8 Amended Plan of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington for the 9 Representation of Pro Se Litigants in Civil Rights Action). Approval of the Application and 10 appointment of Arbenz is limited to SCC contaminated water claims only. If Plaintiffs prevail, 11 Arbenz may move for an award of attorney’s fees and costs. See id. at Section 5. 12 The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Order to each Plaintiff listed in the case caption, 13 Arbenz, and defense counsel. The Clerks is also directed to file this Order in each case listed in the 14 case caption. 15 Dated this 14th day of October, 2016. A 16 17 David W. Christel United States Magistrate Judge 18 19 20 21 1 22 23 24 1008 South Yakima Avenue, Suite 302, Tacoma, Washington 98405, (253) 272-2157. Malone, Jaeger, Hopkins, Dumas, Schoonover, Robinson, Brooks, Parsons, Cole, Coleman, Mathis, Mitchell, Fox, Geier, Jones, Hancock, Nelson, and Pouncy. 3 There are approximately twenty-eight cases pending in this Court alleging constitutional violations arising from the alleged contaminated water at SCC. Additional related cases may be filed. Therefore, the Court approves Arbenz’s Application for all present and future cases related to the alleged contaminated water at SCC. The Court notes Arbenz’s Application is not approved for Jones v. Special Commitment Center, 3:14-cv-5018-JRC. 2 ORDER APPOINTING PRO BONO COUNSEL FOR REPRESENTATION LIMITED TO THESE CASES - 2

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