IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
August 2, 2010
TARGIN SIGN SYSTEMS, INC., ETC., PLAINTIFF,
PREFERRED CHIROPRACTIC CENTER, LTD., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
This is not the first time that Caroline Abraham has seen fit to communicate with this Court directly (or in this instance, with this Court's minute clerk, which amounts to the same thing under the circumstances) by a letter.*fn1 This memorandum order is issued in the expectation that, with the brief explanation provided here, no further repetition of that practice will take place.
To begin with, though Ms. Abraham has stated on each occasion that she cannot afford a lawyer, that does not entitle her to enlist this Court as a proxy for a lawyer to represent her interests, as she requests. As and when any issue relevant to this litigation is posed to this Court in the proper way, it will deal with such issue (just as it has done in the past).
Ms. Abraham must also understand that no ex parte communications are proper--that is, all parties to an action must be provided with copies of any communication sent to the court. Accordingly this Court will attach Ms. Abraham's July 25 letter and its enclosures to this memorandum order, and it orders that those materials be made part of the court file.
Finally, if what has been said has not already made this clear to Ms. Abraham, no further communications of a type that do not conform to the prescribed standards for court submissions will be entertained. And as for Ms. Abraham's current indication that she has problems with plaintiff's counsel, this Court is not in a position to rule on those problems as submitted.