United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Orangeburg Division
J. GOSSETT UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
a civil action filed by a pro se litigant. Under
Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2) (D.S.C.), pretrial proceedings
in this action have been referred to the assigned United
States Magistrate Judge.
case was filed by Melodie Shuler on behalf of herself and her
minor children, M.K.D. and M.T.S.D. However, Shuler is warned
that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit has held that non-attorney parents generally may not
litigate the claims of their minor children in federal court.
Myers v. Loudoun Cty. Pub. Schs., 418 F.3d 395, 401
(4th Cir. 2005).
indicates in the Complaint that she is a lawyer, but she
provides no indication that she is licensed to practice law
in this state or in this court. Accordingly, the
court hereby grants thirty (30) days for M.K.D. and M.T.S.D.
to obtain counsel. Otherwise, M.K.D. and M.T.S.D.'s
claims may be dismissed.
PLAINTIFF MELODIE SHULER:
must place the civil action No. listed above (C/A No.
5:19-88-MGL-PJG) on any document provided to the court
pursuant to this order. Any future filings in this
case must be sent to the address below (901 Richland Street,
Columbia, South Carolina 29201). All documents
requiring Plaintiffs' signature shall be signed with
Plaintiff's full legal name written in Plaintiff's
own handwriting. Pro se litigants shall not
use the “s/typed name” format used in the
Electronic Case Filing System. In all future filings with
this court, Plaintiff is directed to use letter-sized
(8½ inches by 11 inches) paper only, to write or type
text on one side of a sheet of paper only and not to write or
type on both sides of any sheet of paper. Plaintiff is
further instructed not to write to the edge of the paper, but
to maintain one inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides of
each paper submitted.
is a pro se litigant. Therefore, Plaintiff's
attention is directed to the following important notice:
You are ordered to always keep the Clerk of Court advised
in writing (901 Richland Street, Columbia,
South Carolina 29201) if your address changes for
any reason, so as to assure that orders or other matters that
specify deadlines for you to meet will be received by you.
If, as a result of your failure to comply with this order,
you fail to meet a deadline set by this court,
your case may be dismissed for violating this
order. Therefore, if you have a change of
address before this case is ended, you must comply with this
order by immediately advising the Clerk of Court in writing
of such change of address and providing the court with the
docket No. of all pending cases you have filed with this
court. Your failure to do so will not be excused by the
THE CLERK OF COURT:
Clerk of Court shall mail a copy of this order to Plaintiff
Melodie Shuler. If Shuler fails to comply with the directive
above within the period prescribed in this order, the Clerk
of Court shall forward the file to the assigned United States
Magistrate Judge for a recommendation. See In Re:
Procedures in Civil Actions Filed by Non-Prisoner Pro Se
Litigants, No. 3:07-mc-5015-JFA. If, however, Shuler
complies with the directive, the Clerk of Court should
forward the file to the assigned magistrate judge to
determine if service of process should be authorized.
Office of the Clerk of Court shall not enter any change of
address submitted by Plaintiffs which directs that mail be
sent to a person other than Plaintiffs unless that person is
an attorney admitted to practice before this court who has
entered a formal appearance.
IS SO ORDERED
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