Brian L. Fisher

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Brian L. Fisher

About Brian L. Fisher

Brian graduated from Creighton University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University, where he majored in Philosophy and English. In addition to assisting our clients with U.S. Supreme Court filings as a Document Analyst, Brian contributes to our nationally-recognized legal blog, The CockleBur.
16 Jul, 2015

Common Questions In Circuit Court Consultations

2019-03-18T18:47:26-05:00July 16th, 2015|Tags: , , |

The filing requirements in the thirteen federal circuit courts are complex, and often confusing. In addition to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, each circuit court operates under its own set of local rules—mandatory practice standards that periodically change, and sometimes conflict with the federal rules—and the various clerks’ offices often adhere to unwritten practices [...]

14 Jul, 2015

How to Write a Legal Brief – Your Guide to An Appendix to Your Petition

2019-03-18T18:47:26-05:00July 14th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

How to write a legal brief. Putting together the Appendix of your Brief can be confusing. This blog will offer an easy-to-follow outline of what to include and how to gather the information. Some documents—like Petitions—have required Appendix elements. Appendix documents cannot simply be photocopied, but must be typeset to the same standards as a [...]

30 Jun, 2015

Today in Supreme Court History

2019-03-18T18:47:27-05:00June 30th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Today in Supreme Court History. On this day in 2014, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. In a 5-4 ruling, the Court held that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot force a "closely held company" to cover [...]

21 May, 2015

9th Circuit Frequently Asked Questions

2019-03-18T18:47:28-05:00May 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Where can I find information about electronic filing and the Appellate Electronic Case Files ("ECF") system? All information about electronic filing and Appellate ECF is available at A list of frequently asked questions ("FAQs") concerning Appellate ECF is available at What color should I use for the cover of my brief? Opening Brief [...]

5 May, 2015

Should I File An Amicus Curiae Brief?

2019-03-18T18:47:28-05:00May 5th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

Amicus curiae briefs are submitted by non-parties to a case as a way of introducing information and concerns to the Court, demonstrating that a case’s outcome may have wider effects beyond the immediate parties to the suit. They can provide valuable assistance to the Court in its deliberations by presenting an argument or citing authorities [...]

9 Apr, 2015

In Praise Of Simple Writing

2019-03-18T18:47:28-05:00April 9th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

There may be an impulse to make a brief intricate, detailed, and complex in order to prove a point, but that method will backfire. Instead, the Supreme Court justices prefer simple clarity. Here are a few tips on how to accomplish clean copy when writing a legal brief. Legal writing expert Bryan Garner has had [...]

31 Mar, 2015

Pro Se Litigation Shouldn’t Be A Drawback

2019-03-18T18:47:29-05:00March 31st, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

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 herself 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 [...]

26 Feb, 2015

Why We Love Preparing Supreme Court Briefs

2019-03-18T18:47:30-05:00February 26th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

“Cockle Legal Briefs is the nation’s leading Supreme Court brief printer. The Supreme Court is an institution dedicated to upholding our sacred ideals of Constitutional democracy. So, Cockle equals liberty.” Sean C. Bradley, Esq. “The Supreme Court plays a very important role in our constitutional system of government. First, as the highest court in the [...]

10 Feb, 2015

Petition For Writ Of Certiorari – Sections

2019-03-18T18:47:30-05:00February 10th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Detailed information on the substance of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari, including the order in which required items are to appear, can be found in Supreme Court Rule 14.1. Per Rule 14.1, “A petition for writ of certiorari shall contain, in the order indicated:” Questions Presented “The questions presented for review, expressed concisely in [...]