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7 Jun, 2018

Supreme Court Petition Checklist

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00June 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Pilots are required to learn and use checklists for every aspect of flight, from preparing for take-off to dealing with equipment malfunction. It was a checklist that helped Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeffery Skiles safely land their US Airways flight in the Hudson River after the plane’s engines were damaged by a flock [...]

10 May, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to Retire Next Month?

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00May 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  “I believe we’re going to have another Supreme Court justice this year. I think Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer.” – Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Rumors of Justice Kennedy’s impending retirement have persisted for the last three years.  With six weeks left in the 2017 term – Kennedy’s 30th year as [...]

7 May, 2018

Kennedy Retirement Watch

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00May 7th, 2018|Tags: , |

As the October 2017 term winds down, all eyes are on Justice Kennedy for any indications that he will announce his retirement from the bench. While there have been no new rumors or public signs that he intends to retire, both Republicans and Democrats have been monitoring the situation closely as a vacancy would likely [...]

24 Apr, 2018

Formulating the Question Presented

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

 “I have always been much better at asking questions than knowing what the answers were.” – Bill James, baseball historian There may be no more daunting task in all Supreme Court practice than distilling a 9,000 word cert. petition down to one or two questions presented. This level of difficulty should come as no surprise—only the [...]

20 Apr, 2018

Supreme Court Electronic Filing: Waivers and Extensions

2019-03-18T18:47:13+00:00April 20th, 2018|Tags: , , |

  Generally, filings submitted by parties represented by counsel must be submitted through the Court’s electronic filing system. When filing any type of brief, electronic filing is in addition to paper copy filing.  However, the following seven documents are submitted only through the Court’s electronic filing system: Motions for an extension of time (and responses [...]