Fantasy League Update

With this week’s decisions from the supreme court, the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office stunned the rest of the league by adding 21 points to their total: six points for a brief, oral argument, and 3-3 decision in Raytrell K. Fitzgerald v. Circuit Court for Milwaukee County; ten points for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in State v. Raytrell K. Fitzgerald; and five points for a brief and oral argument in Waukesha County v. S.L.L.

However, I have been given to understand (unofficially) that there are not likely to be any more public-defender decisions this term, thereby providing the rest of the league an opportunity to reel the Gavels back in during the season’s closing weeks. One team to watch in this regard is the Waivers, who gained a point for an amicus brief by Quarles & Brady in State v. Raytrell K. Fitzgerald.

Click here for the updated, current standings.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1975-1976

These tables are derived from information contained in 289 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1975, and August 31, 1976.  The total of 289 decisions does not include rulings arising from (1) disciplinary matters involving lawyers and judges, and (2) per curiam decisions involving various motions and petitions.

Security Sav. & Loan Asso. v. Wauwatosa Colony, Inc. yielded a fragmented decision. Thus, I will only include this case in the following tables: “Distribution of Opinion Authorship,” “Average Time Between Oral Argument and Opinions Authored by Each Justice,” and “Number of Oral Arguments Presented by Individual Firms and Agencies.”

The tables are available as a complete set and by individual topic in the subsets listed below.

Four-to-Three Decisions
Decisions Arranged by Vote Split
Frequency of Justices in the Majority
Distribution of Opinion Authorship
Frequency of Agreement Between Pairs of Justices
Average Time Between Oral Argument and Opinions Authored by Each Justice
Number of Oral Arguments Presented by Individual Firms and Agencies

 

Fantasy League Update

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Crowd-Source Reminder

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Fantasy League Update

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Attorneys and the Justices, 2008-09 through 2017-18

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Fantasy League Update

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Fantasy League Update

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Law Firms and the Justices, 2008-09 through 2017-18

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Fantasy League Update

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