United States District Court, N.D. Illinois
February 25, 2004.
KEITH SMITH, et al., Plaintiffs,
NIKE RETAIL SERVICES, INC., etc., Defendant
The opinion of the court was delivered by: MILTON SHADUR, Senior District Judge
Keith Smith ("Smith") and Ria McDougal ("McDougal") filed their
employment discrimination Complaint in this case pro se. Although this
Court promptly granted them leave to proceed in forma pauperis based on
their showing of inability to pay the filing fee, it was necessary to
defer their contemporaneous Motion for Appointment of Counsel ("Motion")
because they (like all too many pro se litigants) had failed to provide
the required information as to the efforts they had made to obtain
counsel on their own.
Now Smith (acting on behalf of McDougal as well as himself) has
submitted another Motion, this time coupled with detailed information
about numerous lawyers and law offices with whom or which they have
communicated about possible representation. But a substantial number of
the lawyers and firms listed, according to Smith's filing, have not yet
reached a decision about possible representation indeed, some follow-up
discussions along those lines are currently active. Accordingly the
Motion is denied for
the present as to both Smith and McDougal, but obviously without
prejudice to its potential renewal if it were to turn out that all of
their efforts have gone for naught.
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