Law Firm Fantasy League

This week’s decisions rewarded the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office with five points (for a brief and oral argument in State v. Courtney C. Brown) and the Citations with two points (for amicus briefs from Godfrey & Kahn in State v. Courtney C. Brown and from the Frank J. Remington Center in State v. Timothy E. Dobbs).

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Where Have All the Precedents Gone–Published Opinions from the Court of Appeals

A few years ago, a post on the percentage of court of appeals opinions that were issued as per curiam decisions noted the enormous decrease in the total number of court of appeals opinions in recent decades. Today, we’ll return to the field to determine the number and percentage of court of appeals decisions that were published. Given that only published decisions may be cited as precedential authority, they are of primary importance to members of the legal community—who might find the following trends concerning.[Continue Reading…]

Law Firm Fantasy League

The Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office may have built an insurmountable lead this week by picking up ten points (for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome) in State v. Alfonso Lorenzo Brooks. We’ll see if any of the other teams have … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

The two decisions filed this week did not deliver any points to league teams--hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]

Original Actions and Judicial Activism

Many luminaries in the legal profession have remarked to the effect that “An activist court is one whose decisions you don’t like.”[1] Scholarly attempts to define judicial activism suggest a number of other factors to consider, and today I’d like to … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

One of the decisions filed this week (Milton Eugene Warren v. Michael Meisner) rewarded the league’s top two teams. Retaining their lead, the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office picked up two points for an amicus brief and an oral argument, … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

The decisions filed this week enabled the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office to pad their lead by virtue of five points earned for a brief and oral argument in State v. Mose B. Coffee. Click here for complete, updated standings. … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

The Supreme Court did not file any new decisions this week, and thus there are no changes in the standings. … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1967-68

These tables are derived from information contained in 274 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1967, and August 31, 1968.  The total of 274 decisions does not include … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

This week’s decision in Jose M. Correa v. Woodman's Food Market distributed five points to the Waivers (for a brief and oral argument by Husch Blackwell) and one point to the Citations (for an amicus brief by Cannon & Dunphy). On the strength of … [Continue reading]