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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 [...]

21 Jun, 2022

U.S. Court of Appeals Briefs—Full Service Preparation!

2022-06-21T16:32:24-05:00June 21st, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Preparing a U.S. court of appeals filing can be overwhelming. You must meet precise formatting and technical requirements while complying with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and each of the thirteen circuits’ ever-changing local rules. That's why Cockle decided to bring the same energy and focus that allowed us to become industry leaders [...]

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 [...]

2 Jul, 2020

Cockle and Looking Glass Join Forces

2020-07-02T07:17:04-05:00July 2nd, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Cockle Legal Briefs is on the verge of launching Looking Glass™, a new application which will transform legal brief filing.  With its collection of powerful formatting tools and guidance features, Looking Glass will provide Supreme Court filers with a seamless drafting experience.  Over the next few weeks we'll slowly let folks into our Beta to try [...]

1 Jul, 2019

Amicus Curiae Dos and Don’ts

2019-10-18T18:32:49-05:00July 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!

2019-03-18T18:47:13-05:00March 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

2019-03-18T18:47:20-05:00September 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

2019-03-18T18:47:20-05:00September 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

2019-03-18T18:47:23-05:00January 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 [...]