Fantasy League Competition is Underway

The Fantasy League’s second season has opened with the Affirmed seizing the early lead.  Foley and Lardner led the way with 10 points (brief, oral argument, and favorable decision in Regency West Apartments v. City of Racine), while Aiken & Scoptur contributed 8 (brief and favorable decision in Seifert v. Balink).  With these 18 points, the Affirmed are nearly half way already to their total of 37 for the entire 2015-16 season.

The Citations, Writs, and Waivers were all idle, but the defending champion Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office tallied 5 points (brief, oral argument, unfavorable decision) in State v. Weber.

Current standings

Justice Abrahamson and Bill Tyroler on Amicus Briefs

Tuesday’s post on amicus briefs noted, among other things, the steady decline in the number of these briefs filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court over the past several years—in contrast to the growing number at the United States Supreme Court.  A reader has kindly directed my attention to Justice Abrahamson’s concurrence in State v. Loomis, which gives voice to her frustration over the court’s handling of motions for permission to file amicus briefs.

One aspect of Justice Abrahamson’s complaint is an assertion that the court’s orders granting or denying such motions have been opaque and inconsistent.  These “orders generally do not explain the court’s decision,” she observed.  “[T]hey do not guide lawyers and other interested persons in filing amicus briefs in future cases; and they do not provide the benefit of reasoned decisions so that the court can be thoughtful and consistent in its approach to amicus briefs.”[Continue Reading…]

An Age of Amicus Briefs?

“The amicus growth spurt is significant and shows no sign of slowing down,” observed two professors at William & Mary Law School in a post titled “The Amicus Machine.”  Writing about the United States Supreme Court, they furnished compelling … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Announces New Season

Expanded teams have been formed in anticipation of the law-firm Fantasy League’s second season (for details on the league and its new teams, click here).   Periodic scoring updates will be posted beginning early in 2017.  … [Continue reading]

And Massachusetts

During SCOWstats’s recent series of posts on the number of decisions filed by the supreme courts of Wisconsin and neighboring states, Victor Forberger kindly brought to my attention some interesting figures regarding the output of the Massachusetts … [Continue reading]

Comparing the Supreme Courts of Wisconsin and its Four Neighbors

Our efforts to weigh the supreme court in Wisconsin against those in Minnesota and Iowa have found that the record compiled of late by the justices in Madison diverges from the performance of their colleagues in Minnesota and Iowa with regard to (1) … [Continue reading]

Comparing the Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa Supreme Courts–Part 2

Last June, an examination of two measures of polarization among the justices of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Supreme Courts found significant differences between the two states but left open the question of which state’s figures were more “normal.” … [Continue reading]

Comparing the Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa Supreme Courts–Part 1

Two posts this June compared the performances of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Supreme Courts and found significant differences.  As substantial as the contrasts were, however, the comparison of only two states made it impossible to conclude that one … [Continue reading]

1990-91 and 2015-16: Some Contrasts

Much has changed at the Wisconsin Supreme Court over the past 25 years, including all but one of the justices.[1]  A pair of recent posts provided data regarding the supreme court’s activity at each end of this quarter century—1990-91 and … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1990-1991

These tables are derived from information contained in 83 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1990, and August 31, 1991.  The total of 83 decisions does not include rulings … [Continue reading]