Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Susan Chen, Plaintiff, Pro Se.
Naixiang Lian, Plaintiff, Pro Se.
ORDER REFERRING MOTION TO SCREENING COMMITTEE
JAMES L. ROBART, District Judge.
Before the court is Plaintiff Susan Chen's motion to appoint counsel.1 (Mot. (Dkt. # 10).) Ms. Chen is proceeding pro se. (Compl. (Dkt. # 6).) The 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 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. Ms. Chen's submissions satisfy the court that there is an adequate basis to refer her case to the Screening Committee. (See Mot.; Fin. Aff. (Dkt. # 11); Compl.)
Accordingly, the court DIRECTS the Clerk to forward to the Screening Committee Ms. Chen's complaint (Dkt. # 6), her motion for court-appointed counsel (Dkt. # 10), and a copy of this order. See General Order, August 1, 2010, Section 3(c). The court DIRECTS the Screening Committee to review the case and make a recommendation to the court in accordance with the District's pro bono plan and the rules for the pro bono panel on or before May 8, 2017. The court also DIRECTS the Clerk to renote Ms. Chen's motion to appoint counsel (Dkt. # 10) for May 8, 2017, pending the Screening Committee's recommendation. See General Order, August 1, 2010, Section 3(f). Finally, the court DENIES Plaintiffs' joint motion to appoint counsel (Dkt. # 8).