Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Merits Briefs Filed by Cockle Printing

Brief for Petitioner in Kloeckner v. Solis, No. 11-184, filed on March 28, 2012. Brief on the Merits for Petitioner in Johnson v. Williams, No. 11-465, filed on March 28, 2012.

The Legal Writing Pro Dissects the Solicitor General’s Brief in the Affordable Care Act Case

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The Legal Writing Pro, Ross Guberman, sent me this great PDF (you can find it here), where he dissects the Solicitor General’s merits brief in the Affordable Care Act case. For those of you who do not know Ross, he is a legal writing master who instructs law school students, lawyers, and judges on how to [...]
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Is Marbury v. Madison the Key to the Affordable Care Act?

A few days ago, I wrote on Slate how Marbury v. Madison might be the key to the Affordable Care Act. You can read it here.

New Merits Brief Filed by Cockle Printing

Brief for Respondent David Patchak in the vided cases of Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak, No. 11-246, and Salazar v. Patchak, No. 11-247, filed on March 20, 2012.

Previewing the Obamacare cases

In the run-up to the oral arguments in the Obamacare cases, I have a series of posts over at PLF Liberty Blog explaining the issues involved. The first installments are listed below; the rest are coming between now and the arguments, which begin a week from today. What to look for in the Obamacare arguments [...]
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New Merits Briefs Filed by Cockle Printing

Reply Brief for Petitioner in Miller v. Alabama, No. 10-9646, filed on March 12, 2012. Reply Brief for Petitioner in Jackson v. Hobbs, No. 10-9647, filed on March 12, 2012. Reply Brief for the Petitioner in Vasquez v. U.S., No. 11-199, filed on March 12, 2012. Reply Brief for Petitioners in Reichle v. Howards, No. [...]

Supreme Court Takes A Close Look At Prisoner Transsexual Case

Last week, the Supreme Court relisted a case involving some transsexual prisoners’ claims that the State of Wisconsin violated their right to adequate medical care by failing to provide them with hormonal therapy. The case is Smith v. Fields, No. 11-561. Both the Federal District Court and Seventh Circuit found in favor of the prisoners, concluding that the [...]

New Merits Brief Filed by Cockle Printing

Brief for Respondent in RadLAX Gateway Hotel v. Amalgamated Bank, No. 11-166, filed on March 2, 2012.

What if the Country Was a Person Needing a Loan?

The Seventh Circuit Rules that Pro Se Prisoner Missed His Chance at Resentencing

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I wrote this past year about the obstacles that prisoners filing pro se face when challenging their convictions and sentences. The Seventh Circuit’s opinion today in United States v. Wyatt kind of typifies the problems inherent in a system that requires uneducated prisoners to fend for themselves and learn the law within a year in order to meet [...]