11 Aug, 2017

Social Media and the First Amendment

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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 [...]

15 Nov, 2013

“War on the Little Guy”–and his right to earn a living

2019-03-18T18:47:41-05:00November 15th, 2013|

Tune in to Fox News Channel Saturday at 9pm to see John Stossel’s special “War on The Little Guy,” which features my lawsuit on behalf of Kentucky entrepreneur Raleigh Bruner. He’s the guy who wants to run a moving company…only to discover that if you want to run a moving company in Kentucky, you first have [...]

1 Feb, 2012

SCOTUSblog Is Taking Interns

2019-03-18T18:47:48-05:00February 1st, 2012|

SCOTUSblog is currently taking application from current law school students for its internship program. You DO NOT have to move to Washington D.C., from what the listing says the internship can be performed remotely. The details are here. Submit your application to Kali Borkoski at [email protected].

3 Aug, 2011

Cockle Printing Says Good Luck (But Never Goodbye) to One of Our Own

2019-03-18T18:47:55-05:00August 3rd, 2011|

Last Friday Cockle Law Brief Printing Company said farewell to Shon Hopwood. This week Shon and his family--Annie, Mark, and the new baby on the way--will move to Seattle so that Shon can attend law school at the University of Washington. He promised us three things before he left: that he would always be more [...]

14 Apr, 2011

Newest CockleBur Blogger–Matthew Reid Krell

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I met Reid last fall while visiting Arkansas State University. I watched him teach undergrad students on how to analyze legal issues and write better legal briefs. He was phenomenal with those students. I also met Reid’s alter ego. This is a guy who is analytical, sarcastic and sometime biting, but in a good way—the [...]

9 Mar, 2011

Podcast on the Josh Blackman Blog

2019-03-18T18:48:05-05:00March 9th, 2011|Tags: , |

I forgot to post about the podcast I did with the Josh Blackman Blog. Josh is a prolific writer: he regularly blogs and writes law reviews. In addition, he is the co-founder of Fantasy SCOTUS and president of the Harlan Institute—a non-profit organization that uses social media to bring a stylized law school experience into the [...]

10 Feb, 2011

Please Welcome Our Newest Blogger

2019-03-18T18:48:06-05:00February 10th, 2011|

I am happy to welcome our newest blogger Timothy Sandefur. Please give him a warm CockleBur reception. Shon Hopwood   Timothy Sandefur is a Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he is the lead attorney in the Foundation’s Economic Liberty Project, devoted to promoting constitutional protection for the freedom of business owners and [...]

6 Oct, 2010

Welcome to The CockleBur

2019-03-18T18:48:13-05:00October 6th, 2010|

Welcome to The CockleBur. The idea behind this blog is to give you great writing about the law and life from a variety of perspectives and ideologies. On the blog you can expect to read everything from opinion articles to scholarly posts to book reviews to articles on current legal events. You will also find a significant amount of information about applying to and attending law school. In addition, our host—Cockle Law Brief Printing Company—happens to be one of the largest producers of U.S. Supreme Court briefs and so you will find Supreme Court merits briefs posted the day they are filed with the Court. We hope that The CockleBur cultivates interactive debate, so please, if you have something to say about a particular post, we welcome you to leave comments. I hope you will enjoy our eccentric mix of everything legal.