The United States Supreme Court has held that 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d) does not authorize a federal court to make compulsory assignments of attorneys to represent indigent litigants in a civil case.
Mallard v. U.S. Dist. Court for the Southern Dist. of Iowa, ___ U.S. ___, 109 S. Ct. 1814 (1989).
Catherine L. Lyles,
Constitutional Law - Statutory Interpretation - Designation of Counsel - Compulsory Appointment in Civil Case,
Duq. L. Rev.
Available at: https://dsc.duq.edu/dlr/vol28/iss4/15