United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division
July 20, 2015
JOHN W. PEROTTI, Plaintiff,
MS. MARLBERRY, ET AL., Defendants.
District Judge John Corbett O’Meara
R. STEVEN WHALEN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Plaintiff John W. Perotti, a pro se federal prison inmate in this civil rights action, has filed a motion for the appointment of counsel [Doc. #209].
Unlike criminal cases, there is no constitutional or statutory right to the appointment of counsel in civil cases. Rather, the Court requests members of the bar to assist in appropriate cases. In Lavado v. Keohane, 992 F.2d 601, 605-606 (6th Cir. 1993), the Sixth Circuit noted that “[a]ppointment of counsel in a civil case is not a constitutional right. It is a privilege that is justified only by exceptional circumstances.” (Internal quotations and citations omitted).
It is the practice of this Court to defer any attempt to obtain counsel for pro se civil rights Plaintiffs until after motions to dismiss or motions for summary judgment have been denied. This case has a lengthy procedural history, and was remanded by the Sixth Circuit. A contested motion to amend complaint is pending. Depending on the decision of that motion, dispositive motions may follow. At this point, Plaintiff’s motion to appoint counsel is premature. If Plaintiff’s claims ultimately survive dispositive motions, he may renew his motion for appointment of counsel at that time.
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motion to appoint counsel [Doc. #209] is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED.