Mayfield
v.
West End Clinic, Inc.

United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Eastern DivisionSep 20, 2010
Case No. 4:10CV01363 AGF. (E.D. Mo. Sep. 20, 2010)

Case No. 4:10CV01363 AGF.

September 20, 2010


MEMORANDUM AND ORDER


This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff's Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. #13]. Plaintiff commenced this employment discrimination action pro se against his former employer. He claims discrimination on the basis of gender, as well as retaliation and harassment. There is no constitutional right for a pro se plaintiff to have counsel appointed in a civil case, although the Court has discretion to appoint an attorney to handle such a case when necessary. See In re Lane, 801 F.2d 1040, 1043-44 (8th Cir. 1986). Among the factors a court should consider in making this determination are the factual complexity of the case; the ability of the plaintiff to investigate the facts and present his claim; the complexity of the legal issues; and to what degree the plaintiff and the court would benefit from such an appointment. Id.

The Eighth Circuit has identified three additional factors relevant to the appointment of counsel in an employment discrimination case: "(1) the plaintiff's financial resources, (2) the plaintiff's efforts to secure counsel, and (3) the merits of the discrimination claim." Slaughter v. City of Maplewood, 731 F.2d 587, 590 (8th Cir. 1984).

Upon review of the file, the Court finds that this dispute is straightforward, and the legal issues are not complex. Thus, the Court finds that appointment of counsel is unnecessary at this time. Should Plaintiff seek the appointment of counsel at a later stage in the proceedings, he will be required to provide the Court with a sworn statement regarding the efforts he has made to obtain legal counsel, providing the names of attorneys with whom he has discussed representation and the dates and results of such discussions.

Accordingly,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. # 13] is DENIED without prejudice.

Dated this 20th day of September, 2010.