MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
M. PAGE KELLEY, Magistrate Judge.
On June 2, 2017, the Court received for filing Albert F. Iaquinta's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241. (#1). Petitioner Albert F. Iaquinta is civilly committed and in custody at FMC Devens. Another individual has been submitting papers to this Court purportedly on petitioner's behalf. Several pleadings were filed with the petition including a notice (#4) signed by petitioner authorizing Andre Levesque to conduct basic legal work for the instant action. However, Iaquinta has not signed the petition (#1) and has not signed the motion (#3) to appoint a guardian ad litem.
Title 28 U.S.C. § 1654 states, "In all courts of the United States the parties may plead and conduct their own cases personally or by counsel . . ." This means that only licensed attorneys may represent other persons before this Court. Under the Local Rules of this Court, Iaquinta may "not authorize any other individual who is not a member of the bar of this district to appear on his or her behalf."
Iaquinta's notice authorizing Levesque to conduct basic legal work in this action does not satisfy these requirements. Levesque is not alleged to be an attorney. The Court will give Iaquinta an opportunity to sign the petition (#1).
1. If petitioner wishes to proceed with this action, he shall file a
2. Petitioner's motion to appoint a guardian ad litem (#3) is
3. Failure of petitioner to comply with the directives contained in this Memorandum and Order may result in dismissal of this action without prejudice.