The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sheila K. Oberto United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER (1) AMENDING SCHEDULING ORDER, (2) REQUIRING DEFENDANT TO NOTIFY COURT WITHIN FIFTEEN DAYS WHETHER HE WISHES TO EITHER WITHDRAW OR STAND BY PENDING MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT, AND (3) REQUIRING PARTIES TO MEET AND CONFER AND NOTIFY PRO BONO PROGRAM DIRECTOR WITHIN THIRTY DAYS WHETHER THEY WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN SETTLEMENT WEEK (Doc. 69) Discovery Deadline: 07/19/2013
Pretrial Dispositive Motion Deadline: 09/19/2013
Plaintiff Leroy Dewitt Hunter, proceeding pro se, filed this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on August 3, 2007. This action is proceeding on Plaintiff's second amended complaint, filed on December 16, 2010, against Defendant Parker, a Kern County Sheriff's Deputy, for use of excessive physical force, in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.*fn1 On June 27, 2012, the Court appointed counsel to represent Plaintiff in light of his medical condition, and pending before the Court is Plaintiff's third status report.
Based on counsel's investigation to date, the scheduling order shall be amended to allow both parties to conduct further discovery and file pretrial dispositive motions. To that end, Defendant shall notify the Court whether he would like to either withdraw his pending motion for summary judgment and re-file it later pending further discovery on his part or stand by the motion presently pending.
Further, the parties shall meet and confer to determine whether they believe participation in a settlement conference would be beneficial. During the entire week of June 10, 2013, the Eastern District of California, Fresno and Sacramento Divisions, is hosting Settlement Week, during which judges and volunteer mediators will conduct settlement conferences and mediation sessions at no charge to the parties. After meeting and conferring, the parties shall contact Pro Bono Program Director Sujean Park at (916) 930-4278 or firstname.lastname@example.org and inform her whether they would like to participate in Settlement Week.
Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The deadline for the completion of all discovery is extended to July 19, 2013;
2. The deadline for filing pretrial dispositive motions is extended to September 19, 2013;
3. Within fifteen (15) days from the date of service of this order, Defendant shall notify the Court whether he would like to either withdraw his motion for summary judgment pending further discovery or stand by his motion filed on February 9, 2012; and
4. Within thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order, the parties shall meet and confer regarding participation in Settlement Week and notify Pro Bono Program Sujean Park whether they believe participation would be beneficial.