Cruz v. Ahmed

Northern District of California, cand-4:2015-cv-01855

Order by Magistrate Judge Nandor J. Vadas denying {{36}} Motion for Reconsideration.

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 EUREKA DIVISION 7 SANTIAGO CRUZ, 8 Case No. 15-cv-01855-KAW (NJV) Plaintiff, 9 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR v. RECONSIDERATION 10 ZAHED UDDIN AHMED, Re: Dkt. No. 36 11 Defendant. 12 Northern District of California United States District Court 13 14 15 16 17 On June 15, 2016, the court entered an order granting Plaintiff's request to appear at his 18 settlement conference via video and denying his request for inmate assistance during the 19 settlement conference. (Doc. 35.) Plaintiff now moves for reconsideration of the portion of the 20 court's order denying inmate assistance during the settlement conference. Plaintiff states that his 21 inmate assistant will act as his "paralegal," assisting him with documents, reading, statements, and 22 in remembering events. Plaintiff states that he is unable to comprehend issues of law, cannot 23 remember specific times, dates or occurrences, and is subject to uncontrollable outbursts when 24 faced with difficult situations. 25 The court will not allow Plaintiff's assistant, a non-party who is not a licensed attorney, to 26 attend the settlement conference, particularly under the circumstances Plaintiff has stated exist. 27 Plaintiff's self-described difficulties indicate that, if present, his assistant could easily stray into the 28 role of legal counsel. This would constitute the unlicensed practice of law and cannot be 1 sanctioned by the court. 2 Accordingly, Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration is HEREBY DENIED. 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 Dated: July 22, 2016 5 ______________________________________ NANDOR J. VADAS 6 United States Magistrate Judge 7 8 9 10 11 12 Northern District of California United States District Court 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2