Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Supreme Court’s Latest Miranda Ruling Is A Failure All The Way Around

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What happens when no one comes to the defense of defenseless prisoners? Rulings like last week’s decision in Howes v. Field, No. 10-680, where the Supreme Court held that law enforcement questioning of an inmate inside a prison about allegedly criminal events that occurred outside the prison is not necessarily a custodial situation for Miranda purposes. Or, [...]

Effective Cover Letters for Law School Students

Hey fellow law school students, if you are wanting some pointers on how to write an effective cover letter for externships, internships, summer jobs, and the like, then you should check out UCLA Professor Eugene Volokh’s take on what makes an effective cover letter. The blog post is here.

New Merits Briefs Filed by Cockle Printing

Brief for Respondent in Reichle v. Howards, No. 11-262, filed on February 20, 2012 Reply Brief for Petitioners in Armour v. Indianapolis, No. 11-161, filed on February 20, 2012

Legal Education in Crisis?

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At the New York Times, Professor Stanley Fish discusses the state of legal education. Fish writes: Uneasiness about the state of legal education has been around for some time, but in the wake of the financial meltdown of 2008, uneasiness ripened into a conviction that something was terribly wrong as law school applications declined, thousands of [...]

Cockle Printing’s Healthcare Litigation Forum

Friday was the due date for amici filing in support of the Administration on the Medicaid question. You can find two briefs filed by Cockle Printing at our website: Brief of Amici Curiae Health Law & Policy Scholars and Prescription Policy Choices in Support of Respondents on the Constitutional Validity of the Medicaid Expansion Brief [...]

Cockle Printing’s Healthcare Litigation Forum

Last week was a big one in the Supreme Court’s healthcare cases. Three different amicus due dates fell during the week, including a filing deadline for opponents of the controversial individual mandate. Here are some the amicus briefs we filed supporting the Respondents on the Minimum Coverage Provision Issue (and you can find links to each [...]

UCLA Law Professors Duel at the Supreme Court

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in United States v. Alvarez. At issue in this case is whether the Stolen Valor Act, 18 U.S.C. § 704(b)–which makes it a crime to falsely represent that you have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States–is [...]

Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption

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Most of you who read the CockleBur frequently know that I have a memoir that Crown/Random House is publishing. Well, we now have a definitive publication date: August 7th. Annie and I will be busy between now and then promoting the book from a number of angles. If major promotional stuff comes up, I will [...]
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New Merits Briefs Filed by Cockle Printing

Brief for Respondent in Jackson v. Hobbs, No. 10-9647, filed on February 14, 2012 Brief of Respondent in Miller v. Alabama, No. 10-9646, filed on February 14, 2012 Petitioners’ Reply Brief in Elgin v. Dept. of the Treasury, No. 11-45, filed on February 15, 2012

The Rise and Decline of Miranda

I completely dropped the ball on this one. Back in October, University of Michigan Law Professor Yale Kamisar came to UW to talk about Miranda. If you have gone to law school in the past two or three decades, you have probably heard of the professor. His Modern Criminal Procedure book is the standard bearer [...]