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Ceja v. Berryhill

United States District Court, E.D. California

May 8, 2017

SOCORRO CERVANTES CEJA, Plaintiff,
v.
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

          INFORMATIONAL ORDER SETTING BRIEFING SCHEDULE FOR PRO SE LITIGANT PLAINTIFF'S OPENING BRIEF DUE: JUNE 2, 2017

          Sheila K. Oberto. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Plaintiff Socorro Cervantes Ceja (“Plaintiff”) is proceeding pro se in an action seeking judicial review of an administrative decision of the Commissioner of Social Security (“Defendant”) that denied, in whole or in part, Plaintiff's claim for benefits under the Social Security Act.

         This order serves as a step-by-step guide for pro se litigants. Plaintiff is strongly urged to read this order and keep it readily available for future reference.

         As service of the Complaint (Doc. 6) and exchange of the Confidential Letter Briefs (Docs. 15, 16) have already been completed, the Court will summarize the following steps Plaintiff is required to take to prosecute this action.

         I. Briefs

         If, after exchanging the Confidential Letter Briefs, the parties are unable to agree to a remand of the case, the parties must file formal briefs with the Court as directed in the Scheduling Order. Following the filing of the formal briefs with the Court, the Court will consider the merits of the case and make a decision.

         A. Plaintiff's Opening Brief

         Although Plaintiff's opening brief was originally required to be filed and served by April 21, 2017 (Doc. 22), the Court hereby ENLARGES the time for Plaintiff's opening brief to be filed and served to no later than June 2, 2017. Plaintiff must serve a copy of the opening brief on all the attorneys listed for Defendant on the court docket at the addresses noted on the court docket. Plaintiff is advised that failure to timely file an opening brief will result in dismissal of the action.

         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, California 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 how the impairments disabled Plaintiff from working;
(2) A summary of the administrative proceedings before the Social ...

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