UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION
July 2, 2011
JODY LYNN VON HAAR,
CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW, TONY VIERYA, AKA JOSE VIEYRA, TY ZEMLOK, FERNANDO MALDONADO, DOES 1-100,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lucy H. Koh United States District Judge
ORDER REGARDING STATUS OF PLAINTIFF'S COUNSEL
dismissed for failure to prosecute. Plaintiff's counsel filed a
response in which he explained that 19 counsel and Plaintiff lacked
funds to prosecute the case, and that Plaintiff had been seeking new
20 counsel. In response, Defendants filed a statement in which they
informed the Court that 120 days. Defendants contended that Plaintiff's counsel had therefore
violated various rules by 23 engaging in the unauthorized practice of
law and failing to notify the Court of his suspension. In 24 reply,
Plaintiff's counsel acknowledged the suspension, but claimed that it
had not yet taken effect.
Based on the records submitted by Defendants and the public records available on the website of the State Bar of California, it appears that the April 4, 2011 action was a stipulated 27 disposition that has been approved by the State Bar Court and recommended to the Supreme Court.
On June 6, 2011, the Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause why the case should not be Plaintiff's counsel was suspended from the practice of law effective April 4, 2011 for a period of It does not appear that a final order of the Supreme Court has been filed. Plaintiff's counsel therefore appears to be correct in stating that the suspension is not yet in effect. Nonetheless, Plaintiff's counsel is not permitted to unilaterally impose a stay of litigation because his client is 3 unable to afford the litigation. If Plaintiff's counsel is unable to continue his representation of 4
Plaintiff for financial reasons, counsel must file a motion to withdraw from the representation 5 pursuant to Civil Local Rule 11-5. Based on counsel's representations, it appears that he is no 6 longer financially able to represent Plaintiff. Accordingly, Plaintiff is ordered to file a motion to 7 withdraw by July 15, 2011. If the Court grants the motion, Plaintiff will be given a reasonable 8 amount of time in which to seek new counsel or make an appearance pro se. 9
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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