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9 Jan, 2018

Pro se filing at the Supreme Court

2019-03-18T18:47:13-05:00January 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Pro se is a legal term that comes from Latin, denoting “for oneself, or on one’s own behalf.” It means that an individual is representing him- or her-self in court, by choice, without the help of an attorney. Given the state of our economy and the rising costs of legal representation, it should come as no [...]

14 Jun, 2017

Guide to Pro Se In Forma Pauperis Petitions

2019-03-18T18:47:16-05:00June 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

In forma pauperis (IFP) proceedings are those cases in which the Supreme Court allows an indigent party to file a petition for writ of certiorari without paying its $300 filing fee or preparing printed booklets (to learn about filing IFP Briefs in Opposition, click here). A petition worthy of certiorari is generally thought to contain [...]

4 May, 2017

Justice Gorsuch Opts Out of SCOTUS Cert. Pool

2019-03-18T18:47:17-05:00May 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined Justice Samuel Alito Jr. in opting out of the Court’s “cert. pool” – a labor-saving procedure by which all certiorari stage briefing is initially reviewed by a law clerk from one of the participating Justice’s chambers.  Justices who participate in the pool then receive a “pool memo,” generated by the [...]

2 May, 2017

Guide to Pro se In Forma Pauperis Petitions

2019-03-18T18:47:17-05:00May 2nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

   In forma pauperis (IFP) proceedings are those cases in which the Supreme Court allows an indigent party to file a petition for writ of certiorari without paying its $300 filing fee or preparing printed booklets (to learn about filing IFP Briefs in Opposition, click here). A petition worthy of certiorari is generally thought to [...]

13 Dec, 2016

An Introduction to the Supreme Court, Part II

2019-03-18T18:47:19-05:00December 13th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

  Part Two: Filings In our first part of this three-part series, we looked at the Bench and the Bar.  Today, we address filing in the Supreme Court. A.            Filings In a typical term, more than 8,000 petitions are filed.  Approximately 6,500 of these petitions are meritless In Forma Pauperis filings and 1,500 are booklet [...]

20 Oct, 2016

“Relist” as a Requisite to Certiorari

2019-03-18T18:47:19-05:00October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

The procedures by which the Supreme Court decides to grant or deny a petition for writ of certiorari are well-guarded.  Unless you work, or have worked for the Court, it’s nearly impossible to appreciate the specific mechanisms which contributed to a decision on certiorari. Thanks to Michael Kimberly (Mayer Brown LLP), John Elwood (Vinson & [...]

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 [...]

14 Jul, 2016

An In-Depth Look at Supreme Court Rule 14

2019-03-18T18:47:20-05:00July 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

  The Supreme Court’s rules are complex. Even the most experienced practitioners sometimes need help understanding the particulars.  As the leading producer of Supreme Court briefs in the country, we are experts at managing the entire process of brief preparation, from consultation to filing. Our services include: Interpreting court requirements; Navigating complex filing rules; Expert [...]