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5 Feb, 2021

Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals Templates Coming Soon!

2021-02-05T12:14:38-06:00February 5th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Preparing a federal circuit court of appeals filing can be intimidating. You must meet precise formatting and technical requirements while complying with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and each circuit's ever-changing local rules. A non-compliant federal circuit court brief can even be rejected at docketing, thereby damaging your—or your client's—pursuit of justice. Mastering these [...]

1 Feb, 2021

Supreme Court Brief Template, Discount Offer

2021-02-01T15:37:12-06:00February 1st, 2021|Tags: , , |

There are tons of great reasons to purchase a Looking Glass Supreme Court brief template: they come completely formatted, include detailed guidance notes, and are competitively priced. Need another reason? We've partnered with Looking Glass to assist you in the event that you require printing/typesetting/formatting services. This is a RISK-FREE offer! Cockle will discount any [...]

20 Jan, 2021

Better Than Microsoft Word—Supreme Court Brief Template

2021-01-20T16:03:12-06:00January 20th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

So, you have an upcoming Supreme Court brief to file, and can't quite figure out the Court's odd margin requirements on your computer. You've tried adjusting your Microsoft Word .doc margins, but something isn't adding up. You know your template’s margins should measure 4 1/8- by 7 1/8-inches or smaller, but Microsoft Word doesn't exactly [...]

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

2021-01-07T12:47:45-06:00April 15th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

APRIL 15, 2020 OMAHA, NE On April 15, 2020 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 [...]

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, [...]