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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 [...]

7 May, 2020

Writing Your Question Presented

2020-05-07T13:06:30-05:00May 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

  “I have always been much better at asking questions than knowing what the answers were.” – Bill James, baseball historian There may be no more daunting task in all Supreme Court practice than distilling a 9,000-word cert. petition down to one or two questions presented. This level of difficulty should come as no surprise—only the [...]

15 Apr, 2020

SCOTUS Temporarily Modifies Filing Requirements

2020-06-05T10:06:28-05:00April 15th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

APRIL 15, 2020 OMAHA, NE On April 15, the Supreme Court issued a temporary order in light of the ongoing public health concerns relating to COVID-19.  The Court has relaxed some of its formatting and filing requirements for petition stage filers.  Petition stage filers have the option to file one formatted or unformatted copy on [...]

14 Apr, 2020

Remote Alternatives in International Courts

2020-04-14T13:30:38-05:00April 14th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, courts around the world began closing their doors, only to open new modes of communication online and over the telephone.  Technology became an operational lifeline.  The virus has unearthed the potential of underutilized tools long resisted by judges and court administrative staff.  "Remote court" -- from telephonic hearings to video [...]

3 Apr, 2020

Business As Usual: Paper Copy Filings

2020-04-03T14:55:40-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

  Though the Supreme Court cancelled its March argument session and extended deadlines for many cases, paper copy filing continues unencumbered here at Cockle. As Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson of Bloomberg Law reported yesterday, "It seems unlikely that the pandemic will spur a shift [at One First Street]. 'Paper filings are still required,' said Patricia McCabe, [...]

27 Mar, 2020

COVID-19: U.S. Prison System’s Response to Pandemic

2020-03-27T10:41:35-05:00March 27th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

  Over 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States. This makes our prisons a virtual petri dish for the spread of viral illness. In an effort to slow the onset of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. prison system, many prisons have been forced to quickly change their daily operations. Prisons in Arizona and [...]

25 Mar, 2020

Supreme Court Attempts Social Distancing

2020-03-25T09:22:42-05:00March 25th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

  The outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States has transformed from a looming risk to an outright pandemic. The CDC has emphasized the need to engage in “social distancing” and avoid group settings in order to combat the spread of the virus. The government-announced public and private restrictions become seemingly more stringent with each [...]

17 Feb, 2020

Serial Slayer Seeks Certiorari

2020-02-17T14:21:54-06:00February 17th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

An Omaha man who killed multiple people to honor an ancient Egyptian god has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his death sentence. Nikko Jenkins, a 33-year-old diagnosed with bipolar and schizoaffective disorders, is one of 12 men on Nebraska's death row.  He blamed the State for letting him out of prison six years [...]

15 Jan, 2020

Supreme Court Slow to Adopt Technology

2020-01-15T12:32:37-06:00January 15th, 2020|Tags: , , |

  Though Supreme Court Justices are a bright bunch they are not renowned for their technological savvy.  In fact, the Court itself has been openly technophobic at times.  In his 2014 year-end report on the judiciary, Chief Justice Roberts explained that “[t]he courts will always be prudent whenever it comes to embracing the ‘next big [...]

10 Jan, 2020

Chief Justice Releases 2019 Year-end Report

2020-01-10T15:29:30-06:00January 10th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

  Chief Justice John Roberts issued his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary December 31st. He capped 2019 by decrying the corrosive effects of “rumor and false information” on American democracy, particularly in this online age. And though the report outwardly praised civics education, its subtext pointed directly towards President Donald Trump.  The Chief Justice will, [...]