UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 16, 2009
CIRILO GONZALEZ, PLAINTIFF,
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary S. Austin United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER RE STIPULATION TO EXTEND TIME FOR DEFENDANT TO FILE OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S OPENING BRIEF
The parties, Plaintiff, CIRILO GONZALEZ, and Defendant, COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, through their respective counsel, stipulate that the time for filing defendant's opposition to plaintiff's opening brief be extended from April 16, 2009, to May 16, 2009.
This is defendant's first request for an extension of time to file a response to plaintiff's opening brief. Defendant needs the additional time because the undersigned attorney of record for Defendant, SARAH RYAN, Special Assistant United States Attorney, has been on medical leave for surgery and recuperation thereafter beginning February 27, 2009, until April 13, 2009.
Although said attorney attempted to work a reduced caseload during her recuperation period, there nevertheless remains a heavy backlog of cases in addition to the normal heavy caseload.
Adding to the heavy caseload are reassigned cases from other attorneys in the office who have resigned or gone on extended medical leave. All of the foregoing has made it impossible for said attorney for Defendant to meet the original briefing deadline of April 16, 2009. Therefore, Defendant requests that a first extension of thirty days until May 16, 2009, be granted for Defendant to file his response and supporting authority, and that all other deadlines be extended according to the Court's scheduling order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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