The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER SETTING MANDATORY SCHEDULING CONFERENCE
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed the instant action on October 24, 2008. Defendant filed its answer on March 19, 2009.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16 requires the Court to enter a Scheduling Conference Order within 120 days of the date of the Complaint being served upon the defendant. Therefore, it is ordered that you appear for a formal Scheduling Conference before the United States Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck, in Courtroom 9 at the United States Courthouse, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA 93721.
Attendance at the Scheduling Conference is mandatory upon each party not represented by counsel or, alternatively, by retained counsel. Only counsel who are thoroughly familiar with the facts and the law of the instant case, and who have full authority to bind his or her client, shall appear. Trial counsel should participate in this Scheduling Conference whenever possible. It may be necessary for counsel to spend as much as 45 minutes in this Conference.
A Joint Scheduling Report, carefully prepared and executed by all counsel, shall be electronically filed in CM/ECF, one (1) full week prior to the Scheduling Conference, and shall be e-mailed, in WordPerfect or Word format, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reference purposes, the Court requires that counsels' Joint Scheduling Report indicate the date, time, and courtroom of the Scheduling Conference opposite the caption on the first page of 4the Report.
Among other things, counsel will be expected to discuss the possibility of settlement. Counsel are to thoroughly discuss settlement with each other before undertaking the preparation of the Joint Scheduling Report and engaging in extensive discovery. However, even if settlement negotiations are progressing, counsel are expected to comply with the requirements of this Order unless otherwise excused by the Court. If the case is settled, please promptly inform the Court, and counsels' presence, as well as the Joint Scheduling Report, will not be required.
Counsel may request that their attendance be by telephonic conference. If two or more parties wish to appear telephonically, counsel shall decide which will be responsible for making prior arrangements for the conference call and shall initiate the call at the above-designated time. After all parties are on the line, the call should then be placed to Judge Beck's chambers at 559-499-5670. Additionally, counsel are directed to indicate on the face page of their Joint Scheduling Report that the conference will be telephonic.
At least twenty (20) days prior to the Mandatory Scheduling Conference, the actual trial counsel for all parties shall conduct and conclude a conference at a time and place arranged by counsel for the plaintiff(s). This conference should preferably be a personal conference between all counsel but, due to the distances involved in this District, a telephonic conference call involving all counsel is permissible. The Joint Scheduling Report Shall respond to the following items by corresponding numbered paragraphs:
Form and Contents of the Joint Scheduling Report
1. Summary of the factual and legal contentions set forth in the pleadings of each party, including the relief sought by any party presently before the Court.
2. Any proposed amendment to the pleadings presently on file shall be filed by its proponent contemporaneously with the Scheduling Conference Report. If the matter cannot be resolved at the Scheduling Conference, the matter will be set as a Motion to Amend in accordance with the Rules of Practice of the ...