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2 May, 2017

Guide to Pro se In Forma Pauperis Petitions

2019-03-18T18:47:17+00:00May 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+00:00December 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+00:00October 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+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 [...]

14 Jul, 2016

An In-Depth Look at Supreme Court Rule 14

2019-03-18T18:47:20+00:00July 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 [...]

30 Jun, 2016

Booklet Format Petition for Writ of Certiorari Checklist

2019-03-18T18:47:21+00:00June 30th, 2016|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 [...]

28 Jun, 2016

Constructing the Argument Section in your Supreme Court Petition

2019-03-18T18:47:21+00:00June 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

  While Supreme Court experts offer nuanced distinctions on how to construct the argument section in a petition for writ of certiorari, most agree that accounting for the difference in purpose between a cert. petition and a brief filed in the lower courts is essential. The paramount difference between a petition and a lower court [...]

25 May, 2016

Resources Every Pro Se Litigant Needs

2019-03-18T18:47:21+00:00May 25th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

When a litigant proceeds without legal counsel, they are said to be proceeding "pro se” or “on one’s own behalf.”  While the task of representing one’s own interests can be daunting, advancements in technology and transparency have made legal research easier than ever.  Much of the pertinent information, once only available to legal professionals from [...]