United States District Court, District of Columbia
January 13, 2015
Vincent Cannady, Plaintiff,
State of Missouri, et al., Defendants.
CHRISTOPHER R. COOPER, District Judge.
Plaintiff is a resident of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, who purports to bring a class action pro se. As a general rule applicable here, a pro se litigant can represent only himself in federal court. See 28 U.S.C. § 1654 ("In all courts of the United States the parties may plead and conduct their own cases personally or by counsel...."); Georgiades v. Martin-Trigona, 729 F.2d 831, 834 (D.C. Cir. 1984) (individual "not a member of the bar of any court... may appear pro se but is not qualified to appear in [federal] court as counsel for others") (citation and footnote omitted); see also U.S. ex rel. Rockefeller v. Westinghouse Elec. Co., 274 F.Supp.2d 10, 16 (D.D.C. 2003), aff'd sub nom. Rockefeller ex rel. U.S. v. Washington TRU Solutions LLC, No. 03-7120, 2004 WL 180264 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 21, 2004) ("[A] class member cannot represent the class without counsel, because a class action suit affects the rights of the other members of the class.") (citing Oxendine v. Williams, 509 F.2d 1405, 1407 (4th Cir. 1975)). Hence, this case will be dismissed. A separate Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.