As the October 2017 term winds down, all eyes are on Justice Kennedy for any indications that he will announce his retirement from the bench. While there have been no new rumors or public signs that he intends to retire, both Republicans and Democrats have been monitoring the situation closely as a vacancy would likely […]
While the rules for the Supreme Court provide the guidance necessary for producing a compliant brief, there are some unwritten requirements that every filer should be aware of when preparing their Petition and Petition Stage Reply brief. Failure to comply with these unwritten rules may result in having your filing rejected by the Court.
Questions Presented […]
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 […]
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 […]
Rumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement have shifted to 2018 after news of him telling applicants for the 2018 term that he is considering retirement began circulating in early July. Kennedy is the most senior Associate Justice on the Court and is often the swing vote on the Court’s 5-4 decisions, meaning his retirement […]
The Court released the final decisions of the 2016 Term on Monday, June 26th, bringing the total number of opinions issued by the mostly short-handed bench to 69. In contrast, the 2015 term saw the release of 80 merits opinions, indicating the empty seat did have a significant effect on justices as they filled the […]
Once a brief is finalized and ready for printing, one of the final decisions is the method of mailing for the service parties and the Court. Fortunately, Supreme Court Rule 29 provides the following straightforward guidelines for ensuring your document is filed and served in a timely manner.
The Court follows the mailbox rule–meaning your document […]
Staff Spotlight: Kaitlin Naylor
Where Did You Grow Up? Knoxville, Tennessee
Job Title: Document Analyst
What I Actually Do At Cockle: I assist Cockle’s clients in bringing their filings into compliance with the Supreme Court’s rules either in guiding them through our full service process, providing Camera Ready reviews to bring their brief into print […]
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 […]
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 […]