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Ann Tosel

About Ann Tosel

Ann is an attorney with a Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law. She also earned a certificate in International & Comparative Law. In addition to her experience working as a Document Analyst at Cockle, Ann also has expertise in international and immigration law, having worked in the government and in the legal education field.
3 Apr, 2018

All About Original Actions

Author |Constitutional Law, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Rules|0 Comments

The Supreme Court receives many types of documents each day for its review. Appeals to the Supreme Court alone encompass a lot of different types of briefs, including petitions, briefs in opposition, amicus curiae briefs, and reply and supplemental briefs, to name a few. Less frequently, but equally important, are original actions, which are […]

1 Feb, 2018

How to File a Stay in the Supreme Court

Author |Constitutional Law, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Rules|1 Comment

The Supreme Court receives thousands of filings. These include various types of briefs, motions, and applications. The motions and applications the Court receives may include issues such as motions to file amicus curiae briefs, motions or applications for filing date extensions, and applications for stays of orders from the lower courts. Stay applications are frequently […]

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, […]

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 […]

18 Jul, 2017

A Note on Seventh Circuit Jurisdictional Statements

Author |Circuit Court, Legal Brief Printing, Preparing Your Brief|1 Comment

Federal appellate court practice can be a daunting experience, especially if you practice in multiple circuits. While the circuits share many common rules and practices, many of the circuits also have unique features that are important to be aware of.

Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 28(a)(4) states that one of the things that must be included […]

20 Jun, 2017

Rule 23: A Guide to Stays

Author |Constitutional Law, Supreme Court|0 Comments

The Supreme Court receives thousands of briefs each term. In addition to the typical petitions, briefs in opposition, amicus briefs, and various other briefs, the Justices also receive applications for stays. These applications are typically requesting a stay of execution, but may request a stay on other types of orders as well.

Applications for stays are […]

15 May, 2017

Biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Author |Constitutional Law, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (or “Notorious RBG” as she is affectionately known as in the law blogging world) was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 15, 1933. Although Ginsburg has a lengthy list of accomplishments earning her the “notorious” moniker, one of her most notable accomplishments includes being only the second female United States Supreme […]

27 Apr, 2017

For Want of a Comma

Author |Legal Brief Printing, Preparing Your Brief, Proofreading|0 Comments

“For want of a comma, we have this case.” This is the opening sentence to a recent opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  In O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy, No. 16-1901 (1st Cir. 2017), the First Circuit ruled on whether a missing Oxford comma in an overtime exemption statute entitles […]

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. […]

21 Feb, 2017

A Look Back at Korematsu

Author |Constitutional Law, Supreme Court|0 Comments

President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration is already facing several legal challenges, despite the policy being only a few weeks old. At the time of this writing, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to grant a stay on a temporary restraining order suspending the order, and the Trump administration is preparing to […]