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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2021 In a sign that the staff at One First Street are returning to normal business, the Supreme Court on July 19, 2021 rescinded two procedural orders that relaxed certain filing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.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 [...]

1 Feb, 2021

Supreme Court and Circuit Court Brief Template, Discount Offer

2021-07-14T09:15:52-05:00February 1st, 2021|Tags: , , |

There are tons of great reasons to purchase a Looking Glass Supreme Court or Circuit Court legal brief template: they come completely formatted, include detailed guidance notes in most cases, 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.  Cockle will [...]

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 [...]