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About Mathew Planalp

Mathew is an attorney and licensed mediator, holding a Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law and undergraduate degrees in journalism and sports medicine from Colorado State University. Prior to joining the staff at Cockle, he honed his legal writing skills as an attorney and law clerk in both civil and criminal arenas. Named the Colorado State University Feature Writer of the Year in 2007, Mathew has cultivated a passion for storytelling and the written word. Additionally, he is a Fourth Circuit specialist and writes about Supreme Court matters for The CockleBur.
9 Aug, 2019

Supreme Court Sets Sights on Guns

2019-08-09T20:34:28+00:00August 9th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

After mass shootings in Texas and Ohio earlier this month, public pressure to reform gun laws has been largely focused on Congress and the President.  However, the Supreme Court appears poised to address two significant Second Amendment issues for the first time in a decade. Petition Stage: Sandy Hook Victims No. 19-168; Remington Arms v. [...]

10 Jul, 2019

Stat Pack Released with Term in Rearview

2019-07-10T21:14:37+00:00July 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

SCOTUSblog released its annual Stat Pack for the October Term 2018 last week—an invaluable resource for the Supreme Court community.  You can access the Stat Pack in full, here.  SCOTUSblog’s Adam Feldman provided such a well written summary that I want to quote entirely from his piece here.  Please read the original in full: Adam [...]

1 Jul, 2019

Amicus Curiae Dos and Don’ts

2019-07-01T15:58:50+00:00July 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Amicus curiae briefs can play an important role in Supreme Court advocacy by bringing relevant facts and argument to the Court’s attention that the parties have not addressed.  Therefore, Amici have a unique opportunity to shape the outcome of a decision. The incidence of Amicus curiae participation in the Supreme Court has increased dramatically over [...]

13 Jun, 2019

Term Heats Up with Summer Recess in Sight

2019-06-13T16:27:24+00:00June 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Between now and the end of June, the Court will release opinions in 24 cases.  Two hot-button political issues have garnered the most attention: (1) whether the Trump administration can put a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and (2) whether federal courts can strike down voting maps as excessively partisan. Though we have no [...]

3 Jun, 2019

Law Review Article Highlights “Virtual Briefing”

2019-06-11T20:35:40+00:00June 3rd, 2019|

  There is a new way to argue at the Supreme Court—a conversation that exists completely outside of the courtroom at 1 First Street: “Virtual Briefing.” A forthcoming paper* in the Cornell Law Review by professors Jeffrey L. Fisher (Stanford Law School) and Allison Orr Larsen (William & Mary Law School) posits that: The open [...]

14 May, 2019

Term Finish Line in Sight

2019-05-14T21:11:04+00:00May 14th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

  Legal commentators have long speculated that Supreme Court Justices prefer to release their most controversial opinions at the end of each term before embarking on summer recess to travel, teach, and write. For the fifth straight term, however, the Court has more than half of its opinions still outstanding at this point of the [...]

3 Jan, 2019

Stats from the Supreme Court’s 2017 Term

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , , |

  During the Supreme Court’s 2017 Term, the number of paid (booklet format) cases increased 11% while the number of in forma pauperis (IFP) filings decreased 3%.* 2017 Term 6,315 total filings 4,595 IFP filings 1,720 paid filings 2016 Term 6,305 total filings 4,755 IFP filings 1,550 paid filings To place these numbers in perspective, [...]

26 Oct, 2018

Sandra Day O’Connor to Step Away from Public Life, Citing Dementia

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and will step away from public life. O'Connor, 88, was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan as the first female Supreme Court justice of the United States in 1981. O’Connor served on the nation’s highest [...]