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25 Apr, 2017

The Court’s Complex Filing Rules

Author |Preparing Your Brief|0 Comments

When filing a brief in the United States Supreme Court, there are distinct formatting requirements that must be observed and followed. These requirements are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 33.1, which describes the Court’s required booklet formatting. Below are a few of the Supreme Court’s more obscure rules for filing in booklet format.

Every booklet-format […]

14 Apr, 2017

April 14th: Recently Filed Petition

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Rothe Dev., Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of Def., filed on April 13th


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

13 Apr, 2017

Neil Gorsuch Sworn in as Newest Supreme Court Justice

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The filibuster led by the Senate Democrats was ultimately futile when the Republicans retaliated by triggering the nuclear option to end the bitter battle over Scalia’s vacant seat and confirm Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court Justice in a 54 to 45 vote last Friday. Gorsuch was sworn in as the 113th Justice on […]

4 Apr, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Daryll Naegele

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Cockle Legal Briefs employs attorneys, paralegals, typesetters, printers, accountants, and salesmen to produce about 1,300 Supreme Court briefs a year and files documents in every Federal court of appeals in the country.  Whatever they do, whatever position they fill, Cockle people share a passion for helping their clients.  Meet some of the people who work […]

31 Mar, 2017

March 31st: Recently Filed Petitions

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Virginia v. LeBlanc, filed on March 28th

Smith v. U.S., filed on March 30th



To read either of these Supreme Court petitions, click the heading to open this post, then follow the links!

28 Mar, 2017

Pro Se Litigation Shouldn’t Be A Drawback

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Pro se is a legal term that comes from Latin, meaning “for oneself, on one’s own behalf.” It basically means that an individual is representing him- or her-self in court by choice without the help of an attorney. People may choose to represent themselves in court for a variety of reasons. Some want to avoid […]

23 Mar, 2017

Second Circuit Court of Appeals: Odd Local Rules

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals—like every other federal circuit court—uses both the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP), as well as its own set of local rules (LR). The FRAP lays out general practice standards for all of the federal appellate courts, but also allows the circuits to compile their own rules that can expand, […]

21 Mar, 2017

Wiretapping, Trump, and the Court

Author |Constitutional Law, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Another day, another thought-provoking tweet from President Trump. Recently, he claimed that former President Obama authorized illegal wiretaps in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.  A number of people have stated that this is blatantly false, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, and of course, Barack Obama himself. […]

15 Mar, 2017

Gorsuch’s Confirmation and Senate Democrats Revisted

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There is less than one week to go before Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings begin and the political landscape continues to reflect the tension between the need to fill Scalia’s long-vacant seat and the conflicting demands placed on the Senators themselves, from both the party and their voters. Previously, we discussed that the Republicans would need […]

9 Mar, 2017

The Cockle Difference

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How Is Cockle Legal Briefs Different?

We strive to craft the highest quality briefs. We succeed because we are the only Supreme Court brief printer to proofread everything—with teams of two professional readers—and our staff actively pursues an intimate knowledge of Court practices and conventions. Located in the heart of the nation, we are able to […]