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Greggs v. Autism Speaks

United States District Court, D. Columbia.

October 22, 2013

SIMONE GREGGS, Plaintiff,
v.
AUTISM SPEAKS, Defendant

Re Document No.: 3.

SIMONE L. GREGGS, Plaintiff, Pro se, Upper Marlboro, MD.

OPINION

Page 49

MEMORANDUM OPINION

RUDOLPH CONTRERAS, United States District Judge.

Denying Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel

I. INTRODUCTION

This litigation arises out of an employment discrimination and contract dispute between the plaintiff, currently proceeding pro se, and her former employer. At the time of filing the complaint, Allison M. Black-McIver was on record as counsel for the plaintiff. Since then plaintiff has terminated Ms. Black-McIver as her counsel due to a disagreement over Ms. Black-McIver's work in Plaintiff's case. Plaintiff now moves for an appointment of counsel. Because the plaintiff has not sufficiently demonstrated her need for court-appointed counsel, the Court will deny the motion without prejudice.

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II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND

On July 1, 2013, Simone Greggs (plaintiff) filed a complaint against her former employer, Autism Speaks (defendant), alleging race discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, failure to accommodate and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and breach of contract under D.C. law. See Compl., ECF No.1. Allison Black-McIver was counsel of record for Plaintiff at the time the complaint was filed. Ms. Greggs alleges tat she had to borrow money from a family member to pay for Ms. Black-McIver's initial services. See Pl's Mot. Appt. Counsel, ECF No. 3. Ms. Greggs terminated her relationship with Ms. Black-McIver on September 8, 2013, alleging that Ms. Black-McIver was untimely and uncommunicative. Pl's. Mot. Appt. Counsel, ECF No. 3. Ms. Greggs now seeks court-appointed counsel, alleging in her single-page motion that she " can't find anyone who will take" her case and that she is an unemployed, full-time student at the University of Maryland University College. Id.

III. COURT APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL

A. Legal Standard

A civil plaintiff is not guaranteed counsel. See Gaviria v. Reynolds, 476 F.3d 940, 943, 375 U.S.App. D.C. 7 (D.C. Cir. 2007). However, federal courts are authorized by statute to " request an attorney to represent any person unable to afford counsel." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1) (2006); accord Willis v. FBI, 274 F.3d 531, 532, 348 U.S.App. D.C. 248 (D.C. Cir. 2001). In determining whether it is appropriate to appoint counsel to a pro ...


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