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6 Sep, 2019

Justice Kavanaugh’s First Year Impact

2019-09-06T17:00:20-05:00September 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Last September, 20 million people watched a combative Brett Kavanaugh defend himself and his judicial record during a contentious week of confirmation hearings.  The Senate ultimately confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote, largely split down party lines. With Kavanaugh’s second term set to begin October 1, we take a look at [...]

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 [...]

3 Oct, 2018

The Supreme Court Starts One Justice Down

2019-03-18T18:47:12-05:00October 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

The Supreme Court began its new term Monday without nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Sitting with eight Justices – just like the beginning of the 2016 term – Chief Justice John Roberts found his courtroom mired in a political battle over President Trump’s controversial choice to fill Justice Kennedy’s seat. Republicans had hoped to have Kavanaugh confirmed [...]

7 Jun, 2018

Supreme Court Petition Checklist

2019-03-18T18:47:12-05:00June 7th, 2018|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 flock [...]

4 Aug, 2017

Posner: Supreme Court Should Have 19 Members

2019-03-18T18:47:15-05:00August 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Judge Richard Posner, Circuit Judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, believes the Supreme Court needs a shakeup.  “If you had 19 members you would inevitably have more diversity,” he told Professor Luigi Zingales during a recent discussion [...]

4 Apr, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Daryll Naegele

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

Cockle Legal Briefs employs attorneys, paralegals, typesetters, printers, accountants, and salesmen to produce about 1,300 Supreme Court briefs a year and files documents in every Federal court of appeals in the country.  Whatever they do, whatever position they fill, Cockle people share a passion for helping their clients.  Meet some of the people who work [...]

7 Feb, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Salaries

2019-03-18T18:47:18-05:00February 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

  While not compensated with the same seven-figure salaries as some attorneys who appear before the Court, Supreme Court Justices are well compensated and receive a bevy of job-related benefits. According to the latest figures, Chief Justice Roberts earns an annual salary of $255,500 while Associate Justices receive $244,400 per year.  By comparison, the President [...]

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 [...]