Local Rule 34(b) provides for use of an informal briefing schedule in pro se cases and further provides that the court “initially reviews cases that are informally briefed under its procedures set forth in Local Rule 34(a) pertaining to pre-argument review.” Local Rule 34(b) further provides:
If the panel reviewing an informal brief submitted by an indigent pro se litigant determines that further briefing and possible oral argument would be of assistance, counsel will be appointed and directed to file additional formal briefs. In any appeal that has been informally briefed, the Court may direct that additional briefs be filed prior to oral argument.
Local Rule 46(d) similarly states: "[S]uch cases receive a preliminary review before a decision is made regarding appointment of counsel. In assigning counsel, the Court may direct counsel to brief a particular issue, but counsel is free to address any additional issues which appear to be meritorious."
Counsel seeking assignment to represent an indigent pro se litigant should file a motion showing why formal briefing and possible argument are necessary on appeal.