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3 Oct, 2018

The Supreme Court Starts One Justice Down

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00October 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+00:00June 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+00:00August 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+00:00April 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+00:00February 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+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 [...]

6 Dec, 2016

Racial Gerrymandering in the SCOTUS 2016 Term

2019-03-18T18:47:19+00:00December 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument regarding racial gerrymandering in two southern states: Virginia (Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, No. 15-680) and North Carolina (McCrory v. Harris, No. 15-1262). The topic was brought before the Supreme Court earlier this year in Wittman v. Personhuballah, No. 14-1504, however, the Justices dismissed [...]

17 Nov, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump and the Supreme Court

2019-03-18T18:47:19+00:00November 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

  Donald Trump’s presidency will undoubtedly have a lasting effect on the shape of the Supreme Court. Since 1789, there have been 112 justices on the Supreme Court. Having the opportunity to appoint a new justice is one of the prize opportunities for a president. With the right young justice, a president can influence American [...]