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Patricia Ann Everett v. Lewis and Clark Community College

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


January 9, 2012

PATRICIA ANN EVERETT, PLAINTIFF,
v.
LEWIS AND CLARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE, TENNESSEE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter comes before the Court on review of plaintiff Patricia Ann Everett's complaint (Doc. 2). In light of Seventh Circuit admonitions, see, e.g., America's Best Inns, Inc. v. Best Inns of Abilene, L.P., 980 F.2d 1072 (7th Cir. 1992), the Court has undertaken a rigorous initial review of pleadings to ensure that jurisdiction has been properly pled. The Court is unable to discern in Everett's complaint a cause of action over which the Court has subject matter jurisdiction. Accordingly, the Court DISMISSES Everett's complaint without prejudice and with leave to file an amended complaint on or before February 3, 2012. The Court further DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to send Everett a copy of the Court's Pro Se Litigant Guide along with this order. In her amended complaint, Everett should specify the basis for this Court's subject matter jurisdiction (see § II.A. of the Guide) and should describe the conduct of each defendant that she claims violated her rights. The Court strongly encourages Everett to seek legal assistance at the agencies listed in § II.C. of the Guide or an attorney of her choosing. Should Everett fail to amend her complaint on or before February 3, 2012, the Court will direct the Clerk of Court to close this case. The Court RESERVES RULING on Everett's motions for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 3), for appointment of counsel (Doc. 4) and for service of process at government expense (Doc. 4) pending receipt of an amended complaint showing the Court's subject matter jurisdiction.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

J. Phil Gilbert

20120109

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