The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge
INFORMATIONAL ORDER FOR PRO SE LITIGANTS
Plaintiff is proceeding pro se in this action seeking judicial review of an administrative decision of the Commissioner of Social Security that denied, in whole or in part, plaintiff's claim for benefits under the Social Security Act.
This order provides the following helpful information, and basically serves as a guide, for pro se litigants. It is strongly suggested that plaintiff read and re-read this order and keep it readily available for reference.
Pursuant to the Scheduling Order (Doc. 7), within one hundred twenty (120) days after service of the complaint, defendant is required to serve a copy of the administrative record on plaintiff and also file or lodge the administrative record with the Court, which serves as defendant's answer to the complaint in this proceeding. On August 16, 2011, defendant filed the administrative record (Doc. 12).
Therefore, plaintiff's opening brief must be filed and served no later than ninety-five (95) days after the administrative record is lodged with the court, or by November 21, 2011. However, on December 22, 2011, the Court granted plaintiff until February 29, 2012, by which to file her opening brief (Doc. 16).
Therefore, plaintiff shall file her opening brief by February 29, 2012, with or without the assistance of legal counsel, utilizing the following guidelines:
Plaintiff's Opening Brief
Plaintiff must serve a copy of the opening brief on all the attorneys listed for defendant on the court docket of the case at the addresses noted on the court docket as follows: Sundeep R. Patel Social Security Administration 333 Market Street, Suite 1500 San Francisco, CA 94105 415-977-8981 Alyson A. Berg United States Attorney's Office 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4401 Fresno, CA 93721 559-497-4000
Plaintiff must also file the original opening brief, together with a copy, with the Court, by either personal delivery or via U.S. mail to: Office of the Clerk United States District Court Eastern District of California 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 1501 Fresno, CA 93721
Plaintiff's opening brief must contain the following:
(1) a plain description of plaintiff's alleged physical or emotional impairments, when plaintiff contends they became disabling, and ...