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25 Nov, 2022

Does the Supreme Court Have a Leak?

2022-11-25T09:57:34-06:00November 25th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

A November 19th New York Times report alleges that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito purposefully leaked a 2014 draft decision weeks before the Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a landmark ruling on contraceptive rights and religious liberty.  This comes just months after another draft opinion was leaked in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, [...]

11 Nov, 2022

Ninth Circuit Finds Time Spent Starting Computers Compensable

2022-11-11T12:15:28-06:00November 11th, 2022|Tags: , , |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that employers who decline to pay employees for time spent waiting for computers to "boot up" could be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The appeal, Cadena v. Customer Conexx LLC, No. 21-16522 (9th Cir. 2022), reversed a prior U.S. District [...]

10 Nov, 2022

What Was Justice Jackson’s First Opinion?

2022-11-10T14:54:25-06:00November 10th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Newly confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson issued her first Supreme Court opinion this week, a brief dissent in support of an Ohio death row inmate. In a two-page order, she disagreed with the full Court’s decision not to take up an appeal brought by Davel Chinn, who shot and killed a man during an attempted [...]

12 Sep, 2022

New Petition Filed–Tanner v. ID Dept. of Fish and Game Director, et al.

2022-09-12T12:17:56-05:00September 12th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Today we filed a pro se petition for writ of certiorari in Tanner v. ID Dept. of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever, et al. The Questions Presented are: 1.   Whether the Director and Officers of the State of Idaho Department of Fish and Game violate the Separation of Powers doctrine when implementing roadblocks for [...]

27 Jun, 2022

Supreme Court Set to Update Rules

2022-06-27T14:31:49-05:00June 27th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

The Supreme Court is set to revise a number of rules early next term which relate to the filing of briefs, motions, applications, and documents under seal.  A number of the changes will simply conform to long-standing practice, while others will change the way Cockle Legal Briefs prepares filings.  The most relevant proposals, which have [...]

21 Jun, 2022

U.S. Court of Appeals Briefs—Full Service Preparation!

2022-06-21T16:32:24-05:00June 21st, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Preparing a U.S. court of appeals filing can be overwhelming. You must meet precise formatting and technical requirements while complying with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and each of the thirteen circuits’ ever-changing local rules. That's why Cockle decided to bring the same energy and focus that allowed us to become industry leaders [...]

29 Mar, 2022

U.S. Courts of Appeals Templates—Microsoft Word

2022-05-04T12:18:51-05:00March 29th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Preparing a U.S. Court of Appeals filing can be overwhelming. You must meet precise formatting and technical requirements while complying with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and each of the thirteen Circuits’ ever-changing local rules. That's why we’ve partnered with Looking Glass. Their proprietary Microsoft Word templates include all the required elements of a [...]

13 Dec, 2021

Supreme Court Distribution: Lists and Relists, Explained

2021-12-13T14:48:29-06:00December 13th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

The Supreme Court’s case distribution schedule identifies the dates on which petitions for writs of certiorari, along with corresponding briefs in opposition, amicus briefs and reply briefs, will be distributed (sent upstairs to chambers) to the justices. It also identifies the dates on which those petitions are scheduled to be considered (reviewed) by the justices [...]

21 Jul, 2021

Supreme Court Returns to Booklets

2021-07-21T11:06:30-05:00July 21st, 2021|Tags: , , , |

July 21, 2021 In a sign that the staff at One First Street are returning to normal business, the Supreme Court on July 19, 2021 rescinded two procedural orders that relaxed certain filing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. For petitions seeking Supreme Court review, the extended 150-day filing deadline returns to 90 days (the norm [...]

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 [...]