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1 Jul, 2019

Amicus Curiae Dos and Don’ts

2019-07-01T15:58:50+00:00July 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Amicus curiae briefs can play an important role in Supreme Court advocacy by bringing relevant facts and argument to the Court’s attention that the parties have not addressed.  Therefore, Amici have a unique opportunity to shape the outcome of a decision. The incidence of Amicus curiae participation in the Supreme Court has increased dramatically over [...]

9 Mar, 2018

Proofraed You’re Suprme Court Breif!

2019-03-18T18:47:13+00:00March 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  Gressman on Supreme Court Practice – often referred to as the “Bible” on Supreme Court practice – details all matters of the Court, from how to (literally) pass through the Court’s guarded entrance to how to persuade the Court to invoke original jurisdiction. On the importance of proofreading and finalization, Gressman provides: Many brief [...]

8 Sep, 2016

The Top 5 Skills of the Best Legal Assistants

2019-03-18T18:47:20+00:00September 8th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

At Cockle Legal Briefs, we are honored to work with some of the brightest legal minds in the country.  In doing so, it’s clear that an organized and competent legal assistant is worth his or her weight in gold. These individuals are key resources for an attorney and are frequently responsible for legal research, writing, [...]

1 Sep, 2016

How to Draft a Winning Pro Se Petition

2019-03-18T18:47:20+00:00September 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

  Petitioning the Supreme Court can be a daunting task.  Careless writing, poor formatting, and ignorance of the Court’s rules can significantly decrease the odds that your petition will be selected for review. Filing a brief fraught with errors makes it nearly impossible to win any appeal.  By developing a working knowledge of the essentials [...]

5 Jan, 2016

Use Your Id. for a Supra Legal Brief

2019-03-18T18:47:23+00:00January 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

“Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” --Satchel Paige A couple of dangerous words legal brief writers use for looking back are “id.” and “supra.” Dangerous because what is usually gaining from one direction is a limit on words or pages (a word count under U.S. Supreme Court rules or a page limit [...]

9 Dec, 2014

How a Legal Brief Becomes a Supreme Court Booklet

2019-03-18T18:47:32+00:00December 9th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

  Day 1  10:00 AM: I’m emailed to Cockle, as scheduled.  Right now, I’m a near-final draft of a legal brief in Microsoft Word (though WordPerfect is also acceptable).  My text size, formatting, and margins don’t matter.  I don’t even have page numbers yet.  But over the next two days, I’ll be transformed into a [...]