IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
March 19, 2010
MANUEL LARA, PLAINTIFF,
V. DUC, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding with appointed counsel who seeks relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On February 26, 2010, plaintiff's counsel filed a motion to withdraw as attorney and a request to appear telephonically at a hearing scheduled for April 1, 2010.
The request to appear telephonically is granted. However, it is not clear from the motion if plaintiff is in agreement with the decision for counsel to withdraw and if plaintiff in pro se will be substituted as counsel. If plaintiff agrees to the motion to withdraw, counsel should endeavor to file a substitution of counsel signed by plaintiff. If plaintiff is opposing the motion, counsel should be prepared to consider other means, such as an in camera declaration, to discuss in somewhat more detail the breakdown in the attorney client relationship.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's counsel's request to appear telephonically is granted.
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