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12 Oct, 2017

Amicus Briefs: The Interest of Amicus Curiae Section and Footnote 1

Author |Preparing Your Brief, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Rules|0 Comments

Two of the most common pitfalls when drafting an amicus brief in the Supreme Court can be found on the first page: Interest of Amicus Curiae section and the required Footnote 1 information. Fortunately, these errors are easily remedied and can often be avoided. In this post, we will discuss how to best handle your […]

29 Sep, 2017

Supreme Court Updates Its Rules to Reflect Electronic Filing

Author |Preparing Your Brief|0 Comments

The Supreme Court has adopted a revised version of its Rules to implement electronic filing.  The revisions will take effect when the electronic filing system becomes operational on November 13, 2017.  Highlights from the revisions are reproduced below,* in order of importance:
Rule 29. Electronic Filing:
“In addition to the filing requirements set forth in , […]

19 Sep, 2017

Appellate Writing Style: An In-Depth Study

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“Voiceless, passive, complex writing is a liability.”

— John Campbell, associate professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and co-director of the Denver Empirical Justice Institute.

A recent study published at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law finds a strong correlation between attorneys who win cases and attorneys who most value writing […]

15 Sep, 2017

September 15th: Recently Filed Petition

Author |Briefs Filed|0 Comments

Lay v. Singing River Health Sys., filed on September 13th



To read this Supreme Court petition, click the heading to open this post, then follow the link!

12 Sep, 2017

Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner Retires

Author |Circuit Court, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Profession|0 Comments

The legal world was shocked when the infamous Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced his retirement last week, effective immediately. Judge Posner is well-known in the legal community for being witty and outspoken, sometimes courting controversy with his statements. Though his retirement is seen as abrupt, […]

7 Sep, 2017

From Draft to Supreme Court Booklet

Author |Preparing Your Brief|0 Comments

Day 1
10:00 AM: I’m emailed to Cockle, as scheduled.  Right now, I’m a near-final draft of a legal brief in Microsoft Word (though WordPerfect is also acceptable).  My text size, formatting, and margins don’t matter.  I don’t even have page numbers yet.  But over the next two days, I’ll be transformed into a booklet format […]

25 Aug, 2017

August 25th: Recently Filed Petition

Author |Briefs Filed|0 Comments

Thompson v. Park, filed on August 22nd



To read this Supreme Court petition, click the heading to open this post, then follow the link!

18 Aug, 2017

August 18th: Recently Filed Petition

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Crouse v. Caldwell, filed on August 11th



To read this Supreme Court petition, click the heading to open this post, then follow the link!

16 Aug, 2017

Wedding Cakes and the Travel Ban: A Look at OT 2017’s Blockbusters

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The Court closed out OT 2016 on a high note by granting two highly anticipated cases. On June 26th, the oft-relisted (14 times to be precise), Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was granted certiorari along with the consolidated cases of Trump v. Hawaii and Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project. As we […]

11 Aug, 2017

Social Media and the First Amendment

Author |Constitutional Law, News|0 Comments

With great power comes great responsibility. Millions of people, including politicians, now use various social media platforms as a way to communicate with their followers easily and quickly. Along with the ability to instantly communicate a message to thousands of people comes the ability to “mute” or block those whose comments the user chooses not […]