UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 10, 2008
GARRISON S. JOHNSON, PLAINTIFF,
RODERICK Q. HICKMAN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary S. Austin United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL FOR SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
On October 23, 2008, Plaintiff filed a motion seeking the appointment of counsel to represent him at the settlement conference set before Judge Vadas. In the motion, Plaintiff articulates the concern that his Security Housing Unit status may preclude his participation in the conference.
Plaintiff will be personally present for the settlement conference, and it is unnecessary for a representative to appear in place of Plaintiff. There are no exceptional circumstances presented which require the appointment of counsel, Rand v. Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), and Plaintiff's motion is HEREBY DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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