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United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Keri Lynn CURTISS, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant-Appellee.

No. 20-12762

Decided: August 16, 2021

Before WILSON, ROSENBAUM, and BRANCH, Circuit Judges. Keri Lynn Curtiss, Saint Petersburg, FL, Pro Se. Joseph Paul Palermo, III, Megan Gideon, Reginald Van Speegle, Social Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Atlanta, GA, U.S. Attorney Service - Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney's Office, Tampa, FL, for Defendant-Appellee.

Keri Curtiss, a pro se claimant, appeals the district court's order affirming the Social Security Commissioner's denial of her application for supplemental security income. “Pro se pleadings are held to a less stringent standard than pleadings drafted by attorneys and will, therefore, be liberally construed.” Hughes v. Lott, 350 F.3d 1157, 1160 (11th Cir. 2003) (quotation omitted). However, “even in the case of pro se litigants this leniency does not give a court license to serve as de facto counsel for a party” or “rewrite an otherwise deficient pleading in order to sustain an action.” GJR Invs., Inc. v. Cnty. of Escambia, Fla., 132 F.3d 1359, 1369 (11th Cir. 1998), overruled on other grounds as recognized in Randall v. Scott, 610 F.3d 701, 709 (11th Cir. 2010). Thus, “issues not briefed on appeal by a pro se litigant are deemed abandoned.” Timson v. Sampson, 518 F.3d 870, 874 (11th Cir. 2008). Curtiss does not make any argument as to how the Commissioner's determination that she was not disabled during the relevant period was erroneous. Similarly, she does not cite any legal authority in her brief. Accordingly, she has abandoned any challenge to the Commissioner's determination, and we affirm. Id.; see also Sapuppo v. Allstate Floridian Ins. Co., 739 F.3d 678, 681 (11th Cir. 2014) (“We have long held that an appellant abandons a claim when [s]he either makes only passing references to it or raises it in a perfunctory manner without supporting arguments and authority.”).



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