Every so often, a Cockle customer asks us to help prepare a special document, separate from the legal material that we typically print. Our friend and customer Paul DeMeester recently presented his “Submission in Support of the Men’s And Women’s 50K Race Walk Events” to the International Association of Athletics Federations, and we are happy […]
Supreme Court Rule 21 governs motion practice, which often involves routine matters of procedure that don’t go to the merits of a case. Counsel is advised to concisely state what relief is requested and the reason it should be granted. These filings are either acted upon directly by the Clerk’s Office or forwarded to the Justices for […]
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” –Arthur Conan Doyle
From the installation of a frozen-yogurt machine to verified Klu Klux Klan membership–here are 25 SCOTUS facts you didn’t know you needed to know:
Excluding Senate confirmation, there are no formal requirements for becoming a Supreme Court Justice.
57%, or 64 out of […]
Staff Spotlight: Kaitlin Naylor
Where Did You Grow Up? Knoxville, Tennessee
Job Title: Document Analyst
What I Actually Do At Cockle: I assist Cockle’s clients in bringing their filings into compliance with the Supreme Court’s rules either in guiding them through our full service process, providing Camera Ready reviews to bring their brief into print […]
To read this Supreme Court petition, click the heading to open this post, then follow the link!
Mech v. Sch. Bd. of Palm Beach Cnty., Fla., filed on May 18, 2016
Pending at the U.S. Supreme Court is a “never-before-raised procedural issue,” raised at the Court’s own prompting in “a truly rare move,” that relates to a requirement that everyone filing a petition for certiorari must address every time on the cover.
Every petition cover must insert a lower court’s name in the blank in the line, […]
The first four parts of this series covered the Supreme Court appendix contents that are either required or that are too lengthy to leave in the brief. This final installment addresses a provision that allows pretty much anything, but that should be used with caution.
Other Material Believed Essential. Rule 14.1(i)(vi) is the tempting […]
To read any of these Supreme Court petitions, click the heading to open this post, then follow the links!
Kim v. Virginia, filed on February 29, 2016
Morales v. Lynch, filed on March 7, 2016
Flowers v. Troup Cnty. Sch. Dist., filed on March 10, 2016
Rehearing Denial. The last required appendix document may or may not exist, but if it does, it goes at the end of the required category. This would be an order denying rehearing by the court that issued the final judgment you are directly challenging. Rule 14.1(i)(iii). Or the last document may […]
So far this series has covered the critical opening document of an appendix for a U.S. Supreme Court petition for certiorari. Now we move down the list in Sup. Ct. R. 14.1(i) to other must-have documents.
Other Relevant Decisions. After the decision you actually want the Supreme Court to review comes a required category […]