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10 Nov, 2017

Drafting Notes for Petitions and Petition Stage Reply Briefs

2017-11-10T19:18:36-06:00November 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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. Petitions [...]

12 Oct, 2017

Amicus Briefs: The Interest of Amicus Curiae Section and Footnote 1

2017-10-12T19:08:20-05:00October 12th, 2017|Tags: , |

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 [...]

18 Jul, 2017

A Note on Seventh Circuit Jurisdictional Statements

2019-03-18T18:47:16-05:00July 18th, 2017|Tags: , |

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 [...]

27 Apr, 2017

For Want of a Comma

2019-03-18T18:47:17-05:00April 27th, 2017|Tags: , |

“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 [...]

25 Apr, 2017

The Court’s Complex Filing Rules

2019-03-18T18:47:17-05:00April 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

When filing a brief in the United States Supreme Court, there are distinct formatting requirements that must be observed and followed. These requirements are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 33.1, which describes the Court’s required booklet formatting. Below are a few of the Supreme Court’s more obscure rules for filing in booklet format. Every [...]

9 Mar, 2017

The Cockle Difference

2019-03-18T18:47:18-05:00March 9th, 2017|Tags: , , |

How Is Cockle Legal Briefs Different? We strive to craft the highest quality briefs. We succeed because we are the only Supreme Court brief printer to proofread everything—with teams of two professional readers—and our staff actively pursues an intimate knowledge of Court practices and conventions. Located in the heart of the nation, we are able [...]

25 Aug, 2016

Legal Writing Tips: Petition Hints For The Non-Lawyer

2019-03-18T18:47:20-05:00August 25th, 2016|

Cockle Legal Briefs works with non-lawyers filing a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. Occasionally our conversations with our pro se customers move beyond the necessary formatting and content requirements for a Supreme Court brief, and into more basic questions of legal writing. We have a few general legal writing tips. [...]

17 Aug, 2016

Legal Writing Tips: Help For The Non-Lawyer

2019-03-18T18:47:20-05:00August 17th, 2016|

At Cockle Legal Briefs, we work with quite a few non-lawyers filing their own petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court. Occasionally our conversations with these pro se litigants move beyond the necessary formatting and content requirements for a Supreme Court brief, and into more basic questions of legal writing. We have a few general legal [...]

3 Aug, 2016

Legal Brief Format: The Cover

2019-03-18T18:47:20-05:00August 3rd, 2016|

An important element of the legal brief format is the cover. The first item that will be read by the justices, the cover not only provides basic information about the case, it can also convey subtly profound cues about the quality of the argument contained within the pages. The Facts Rule 34.1 lays out the [...]

16 Jun, 2016

Pick a Court, Any Court

2016-06-16T21:16:54-05:00June 16th, 2016|

The Cockle Blog’s focus in recent weeks on a particular line on U.S. Supreme Court petition covers was not intended as an ongoing, multipart series, but there appear to be more nuances involved than initially apparent.  A question raised when composing every petition (and subsequent brief) cover is which is the correct lower court to [...]