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21 Jul, 2021

Supreme Court Returns to Booklets

2021-07-21T11:06:30-05:00July 21st, 2021|Tags: , , , |

July 21, 2021 In a sign that the staff at One First Street are returning to normal business, the Supreme Court on July 19, 2021 rescinded two procedural orders that relaxed certain filing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. For petitions seeking Supreme Court review, the extended 150-day filing deadline returns to 90 days (the norm [...]

20 Jan, 2021

Better Than Microsoft Word—Supreme Court Brief Template

2021-01-20T16:03:12-06:00January 20th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

So, you have an upcoming Supreme Court brief to file, and can't quite figure out the Court's odd margin requirements on your computer. You've tried adjusting your Microsoft Word .doc margins, but something isn't adding up. You know your template’s margins should measure 4 1/8- by 7 1/8-inches or smaller, but Microsoft Word doesn't exactly [...]

15 Apr, 2020

SCOTUS Temporarily Modifies Filing Requirements

2021-07-19T13:37:20-05:00April 15th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

OMAHA, NE This blog post was removed/edited on July 19th, 2021, in light of the Supreme Court's order on said date.  The Court has rescinded its previous orders of March 19, 2020 and April 15, 2020, which had previously allowed filers to prepare unformatted, single copies of Supreme Court filings.  Starting September 1, 2021, Rule [...]

3 Apr, 2020

Business As Usual: Paper Copy Filings

2020-04-03T14:55:40-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

  Though the Supreme Court cancelled its March argument session and extended deadlines for many cases, paper copy filing continues unencumbered here at Cockle. As Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson of Bloomberg Law reported yesterday, "It seems unlikely that the pandemic will spur a shift [at One First Street]. 'Paper filings are still required,' said Patricia McCabe, [...]

25 Mar, 2020

Supreme Court Attempts Social Distancing

2020-03-25T09:22:42-05:00March 25th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

  The outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States has transformed from a looming risk to an outright pandemic. The CDC has emphasized the need to engage in “social distancing” and avoid group settings in order to combat the spread of the virus. The government-announced public and private restrictions become seemingly more stringent with each [...]

17 Feb, 2020

Serial Slayer Seeks Certiorari

2020-02-17T14:21:54-06:00February 17th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

An Omaha man who killed multiple people to honor an ancient Egyptian god has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his death sentence. Nikko Jenkins, a 33-year-old diagnosed with bipolar and schizoaffective disorders, is one of 12 men on Nebraska's death row.  He blamed the State for letting him out of prison six years [...]

15 Jan, 2020

Supreme Court Slow to Adopt Technology

2020-01-15T12:32:37-06:00January 15th, 2020|Tags: , , |

  Though Supreme Court Justices are a bright bunch they are not renowned for their technological savvy.  In fact, the Court itself has been openly technophobic at times.  In his 2014 year-end report on the judiciary, Chief Justice Roberts explained that “[t]he courts will always be prudent whenever it comes to embracing the ‘next big [...]

10 Jan, 2020

Chief Justice Releases 2019 Year-end Report

2020-01-10T15:29:30-06:00January 10th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

  Chief Justice John Roberts issued his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary December 31st. He capped 2019 by decrying the corrosive effects of “rumor and false information” on American democracy, particularly in this online age. And though the report outwardly praised civics education, its subtext pointed directly towards President Donald Trump.  The Chief Justice will, [...]

11 Nov, 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Supreme Court History: The First 100 Years

2019-11-11T21:40:11-06:00November 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

  This is the second post in our multi-part series which covers the history of the Court—from establishment and its first 100 years to landmark cases and the Court’s future.  Our first installment detailing the Court’s establishment is available here. * * * At its founding the United States Supreme Court was an appellate court—a [...]

23 Oct, 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Supreme Court History: Establishment

2019-10-23T18:49:44-05:00October 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

The Supreme Court is often described as distinctly American in concept and function.  We look to it as the last resort in search of justice, equality, and validation of our political views.  It’s where we wage our most serious legal battles––from voting disputes and privacy issues to establishing the rights of women and minorities. But [...]