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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 Jul, 2017

Answers to Common Amicus Brief Questions

2019-03-18T18:47:16-05:00July 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Amicus Briefs are submitted by non-parties to a case as a way of introducing information and concerns to the Court, demonstrating that a case’s outcome may have wider effects beyond the immediate parties to the suit. They can provide valuable assistance to the Court in its deliberations by presenting an argument or citing authorities not [...]

27 Jun, 2017

Today in Supreme Court History

2019-03-18T18:47:16-05:00June 27th, 2017|Tags: , , |

On this day in Supreme Court history, Congress enacted the Supreme Court Case Selections Act of 1988. The Act was designed to “improve the administration of justice by providing greater discretion to the Supreme Court in selecting the cases it will review, and for other purposes.” The Act amended 28 U.S.C. § 1257 to eliminate [...]

23 May, 2017

9th Circuit Frequently Asked Questions

2019-03-18T18:47:16-05:00May 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , |

Where can I find information about electronic filing and the Appellate Case Management/Electronic Case Files (“CM/ECF”) system? All information about electronic filing and Appellate CM/ECF is available at What color should I use for the cover of my brief? Opening Brief by appellant and petitioner: Blue Answering Brief by appellee and respondent: Red Reply [...]

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 [...]

31 Jan, 2017

Supreme Court History — “In Defense of Dissents”

2019-03-18T18:47:18-05:00January 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Today in our look at Supreme Court history, we examine a lecture Justice William J. Brennan Jr. gave in 1985 entitled “In Defense of Dissents.” Brennan begins with the question: What does a judge…hope to accomplish by dissenting? After all, the law is the law, and in our system, whether in the legislature or the [...]

26 Apr, 2016

The Cockle Legal Briefs Proofreading Process

2019-03-18T18:47:21-05:00April 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

One of the services most valued by attorneys is proofreading. Because our goal is for all briefs to be as clean as possible when finished, at Cockle Legal Briefs, your documents are proofread, word-for-word, by two professionally-trained legal proofreaders. Our legal proofreaders are trained to read documents for misspellings, grammatical errors, improper sentence structure, and [...]

28 Jan, 2016

How Our Circuit Court of Appeals Experts Can Help You

2019-03-18T18:47:23-05:00January 28th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Not only can Cockle Legal Briefs help you prepare and file your Briefs in the United States Supreme Court, we can also help you prepare and file Appellate Briefs in the Second Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, or any of the thirteen Federal Circuit Courts. The filing requirements in the thirteen Federal Circuit Courts are complex, and often [...]