The opinion of the court was delivered by: Michael J. Watanabe United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER SETTING SCHEDULING/PLANNING CONFERENCE
The above captioned case has been referred to Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe pursuant to the Order of Reference to Magistrate Judge, entered by Judge Walker D. Miller on February 9, 2006.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a Scheduling/Planning Conference pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P.16(b) shall be held on:
April 11, 2006, at 9:30 a.m., in Courtroom A-502, Fifth Floor, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294
If this date is not convenient for any counsel/pro se party, he/she should confer with opposing counsel/pro se party and file a motion to reschedule the conference to a more convenient date.
Absent exceptional circumstances, no request for rescheduling any appearance in this court will be entertained unless a written request is made FIVE (5) business days in advance of the date of appearance.
THE PLAINTIFF SHALL NOTIFY ALL PARTIES WHO HAVE NOT ENTERED AN APPEARANCE, OF THE DATE AND TIME OF THE SCHEDULING/PLANNING CONFERENCE.
IT IS ORDERED that counsel/pro se parties in this case shall hold a pre-scheduling conference meeting and prepare a proposed Scheduling Order in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P.26(f) as amended, and D.C.COLO.LCivR 26.1 and App. F, on or before 21 days prior to scheduling conference. Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P.26(d), as amended, no discovery shall be sought until after the pre-scheduling conference meeting. No later than 5 days prior to the Scheduling/Planning Conference, counsel/pro se parties shall submit their proposed Scheduling Order (in PDF) in compliance with the ECF Filing Procedures. An additional copy shall be provided to chambers by e-mail with the subject line "Proposed Scheduling Order" and case number (in WordPerfect format) to: Watanabe_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov. In addition, on or before 14 days after the pre-scheduling conference meeting, the parties shall comply with the mandatory disclosure requirements of Fed.R.Civ.P.26(a)(1), as amended.
Counsel/pro se parties shall prepare the proposed Scheduling Order in accordance with the form which may be downloaded in richtext format from the forms section of the Court's website at www.cod.uscourts.gov, and are also attached to this document. Instructions for downloading in richtext format are posted in the forms section of the website. Parties who are pro se or do not have access to the internet may visit the Clerk's Office in Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Room A-105, Denver, Colorado. (The Clerk's Office telephone number is (303) 844-3433.) Scheduling Orders prepared by parties not represented by counsel, or without access to ECF, shall be submitted on paper.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that at least five (5) days prior to the Scheduling/ Planning Conference, counsel/pro se parties shall each submit a brief Confidential Settlement Statement to the Magistrate Judge ONLY, outlining the facts and issues involved in the case, and the possibilities for settlement, including any settlement authority from the client. ECF participants shall submit their Confidential settlement statements to chambers with a subject line "Confidential Settlement Statement" and the case number to: Watanabe_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov. (The Confidential Settlement Statement should be in PDF format and sent as an attachment to the e-mail.) Counsel should be prepared to discuss settlement at the Scheduling/Planning Conference and should obtain settlement authority from the client, or have the client available either in person or by telephone. Confidential Settlement Statements prepared by parties not represented by counsel, or without access to ECF, shall be submitted on paper.
All out-of-state counsel shall comply with D.C.COLO.LCivR 83.3 prior to the Scheduling/Planning Conference.
It is the responsibility of counsel to notice the court of their entry of appearance, notice of withdrawal, notice of substitution of counsel, or notice of change of counsel's address, e-mail address, or telephone number by complying with the ECF Procedures and, filing the appropriate document with the court.
Please remember that everyone seeking entry into the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse will be required to show valid photo identification. See D.C.COLO.LCivR 83.2B. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in denial of entry into the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse.
DONE AND SIGNED THIS 13th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2006.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARATION OF SCHEDULING ORDER
When the court has set a scheduling conference pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 and D.C.COLO.LCivR 16.1 and 16.2 , a scheduling order shall be prepared in accordance with these instructions. In accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f), no discovery shall be done by the parties until the parties meet and attempt to agree on a scheduling order. The rule 26(f) meeting shall be held at least 21 days before the proposed scheduling order is due to be tendered. The disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) shall be exchanged at or within 14 days after the rule 26(f) meeting. Do not file any disclosure statements with the court.
Five days before the scheduling conference (see Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 for all computations of time), counsel are to tender a proposed scheduling order which shall include the signatures of counsel and pro se parties and shall provide for approval by the court as specified on the attached form. Counsel and pro se parties should try, in good faith, to agree upon matters covered in the scheduling order. Any area of disagreement should be set forth with a brief statement concerning the basis for the disagreement. The parties should expect that the court will make modifications in the proposed scheduling order and will want to discuss all issues affecting management of the case.
D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2 authorizes magistrates judges to exercise jurisdiction of civil matters upon the consent of the parties. If all parties have consented to the exercise of jurisdiction by a magistrate judge pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2, the "Notice of Availability of a United States Magistrate Judge to Exercise Jurisdiction and Consent to the Exercise of Jurisdiction by a United States Magistrate Judge" form and a proposed order of reference are to be filed promptly with the Clerk of the Court and the consent indicated in section 6. of the proposed scheduling order. Note that D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2D. provides, in part: "Written consent to proceed before a magistrate judge must be filed no later than ten days after the discovery cut-off date. In cases not requiring discovery, the parties shall have 40 days from the filing of the last responsive pleading to file their unanimous consent." Refer to D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2F. if all parties have not been served or in the event additional parties are added after the scheduling conference.
Listed on the following pages is the format for the proposed scheduling order. The bracketed and italicized information on the form explains what the court expects. Scheduling orders shall be double-spaced in accordance with D.C.COLO.LCivR
10.1E., even though the instructions in the following format for the proposed scheduling order are single-spaced.
1. DATE OF CONFERENCE AND APPEARANCES OF COUNSEL AND PRO SE PARTIES
[Provide the date of the conference and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of counsel for each party and each pro se party. Identify by name the party represented by each counsel.]
2. STATEMENT OF CLAIMS AND DEFENSES
[Provide concise statements of all claims or defenses. Each party, in light of formal or informal discovery undertaken thus far, should take special care to eliminate frivolous claims or defenses. Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(c)(1), 11. Do not summarize the pleadings. Statements such as ...