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6 Apr, 2023

Are Supreme Court Justices Bound by Ethics Rules?

2023-04-06T10:46:54-05:00April 6th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Answer: No!  The nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices are the only federal judges not bound by the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges, which goes beyond the basic ethics laws enacted after the Watergate scandal and creates uniformity around thorny issues like recusals and participation in political activities. History: The Code of Conduct for U.S. [...]

16 Mar, 2023

What Makes for a Controversial Supreme Court Decision?

2023-03-16T14:54:03-05:00March 16th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

The Supreme Court is the United States’ most powerful court of law. The Court’s rulings routinely shape the course of American public policy. It ended its last term with the conservative justices bending the law sharply rightward in a series of momentous decisions on abortion, gun rights, environmental regulations and religious rights that will reverberate [...]

14 Mar, 2023

Supreme Court Poised for Controversial Finish

2023-03-14T13:14:33-05:00March 14th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

During the last week of June 2022, the Court issued landmark decisions overturning abortion rights (Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization) and expanding gun rights (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen), demonstrating a shift of power to the Court’s new 6-3 conservative supermajority. Legal commentators have long speculated that the Justices prefer [...]

14 Dec, 2022


2022-12-21T11:18:38-06:00December 14th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

What is the Supreme Court? The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the federal judiciary. It was established by the Constitution of the United States, which was adopted in 1787. The Constitution grants the Supreme Court the power to hear appeals from lower federal courts and state courts, as well [...]

25 Nov, 2022

Does the Supreme Court Have a Leak?

2022-11-25T09:57:34-06:00November 25th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

A November 19th New York Times report alleges that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito purposefully leaked a 2014 draft decision weeks before the Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a landmark ruling on contraceptive rights and religious liberty.  This comes just months after another draft opinion was leaked in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, [...]

10 Nov, 2022

What Was Justice Jackson’s First Opinion?

2022-11-10T14:54:25-06:00November 10th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Newly confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson issued her first Supreme Court opinion this week, a brief dissent in support of an Ohio death row inmate. In a two-page order, she disagreed with the full Court’s decision not to take up an appeal brought by Davel Chinn, who shot and killed a man during an attempted [...]

27 Jun, 2022

Supreme Court Set to Update Rules

2022-06-27T14:31:49-05:00June 27th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

The Supreme Court is set to revise a number of rules early next term which relate to the filing of briefs, motions, applications, and documents under seal.  A number of the changes will simply conform to long-standing practice, while others will change the way Cockle Legal Briefs prepares filings.  The most relevant proposals, which have [...]

13 Dec, 2021

Supreme Court Distribution: Lists and Relists, Explained

2021-12-13T14:48:29-06:00December 13th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

The Supreme Court’s case distribution schedule identifies the dates on which petitions for writs of certiorari, along with corresponding briefs in opposition, amicus briefs and reply briefs, will be distributed (sent upstairs to chambers) to the justices. It also identifies the dates on which those petitions are scheduled to be considered (reviewed) by the justices [...]

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 [...]