Fantasy League Update

Two of the three decisions released today affected the league’s standings.  Riding the performance of Nash, Spindler, Grimstad & McCracken in John Doe 56 v. Mayo Clinic Health System – Eau Claire Clinic (a brief and a favorable outcome, but no oral argument), the Writs picked up 8 points—their first of the season.

However, the Affirmed emerged as the big winner, scoring a total of 16 points in two cases.  Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry earned 6 points in Prince Corporation v. James N. Vandenberg (a brief, an oral argument, and a decision that was partly favorable and partly unfavorable), while Axley Brynelson contributed the 10-point maximum in John Doe 56 (a brief, an oral argument, and a favorable outcome).

As a result of today’s activity, the Affirmed vaulted into contention—tied with the Waivers just one point back of the Citations and only eight points behind the league-leading Gavels.

Wisconsin v. Minnesota–Comparing the Supreme Courts, Part 1

SCOWstats has, until now, measured the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s recent activity against earlier years of the court’s work.  Other reference frames are also available, however, and today launches what I hope will be the first in a series of posts comparing the output of the Wisconsin Supreme Court with that of its counterpart in Minnesota—paying particular attention to some of the themes featured in previous posts devoted solely to Wisconsin.

I selected Minnesota because it resembles Wisconsin more closely than most other states—location, climate, economy, demographics, and so forth—while recognizing that it would likely be just as interesting to compare Wisconsin’s supreme court with that of a state that has little in common with the Midwest, especially a state where the justices are appointed rather than elected.  That will have to wait for another day, though, as Wisconsin’s western neighbor takes precedence for now over more exotic alternatives.[Continue Reading…]

Fantasy League Update

Today’s decision in State v. Salinas earned the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office five points (for a brief and oral argument) as they try to hold off the Citations and the Waivers, their two closest challengers. … [Continue reading]

Women and the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Multiple locations on the Wisconsin court system’s website introduce visitors to the moving story of Lavinia Goodell.[1]  In 1875, after she had begun practicing law in Rock County the previous year, Goodell sought permission from the Wisconsin … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

Today’s decision in Peggy Z. Coyne v. Scott Walker brought one point to the Waivers (from the amicus brief filed by Boardman & Clark), leaving them a single point back of the second-place Citations. … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

The release of St. Croix County Department of Health and Human Services v. Michael D. brought the Office of the State Public Defender five points for a brief and oral argument, thereby nudging the Gavels into first place, just two points ahead of the … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1991-1992

These tables are derived from information contained in 70 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 1991, and August 31, 1992.  The total of 70 decisions does not include rulings arising from such undertakings as (1) disciplinary … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

On the strength of an amicus brief filed in Walworth State Bank v. Abbey Springs Condominium Association, Boardman & Clark picked up one point for the Waivers, now only two points behind the Citations at the top of the league’s standings. … [Continue reading]

Is the Court of Appeals Responsible for the Supreme Court’s Per Curiam Diet?

Table 1--Percentage of SCOW cases that were per curiam at C of A

Following a recent post’s observation that an unusually large share of cases coming before the supreme court during the current term are per curiam decisions from the court of appeals, a reader wondered if a significantly higher percentage of all … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

The decision in State v. Lagrone today brought five points (for a brief and oral argument) to the Gavels of the Office of the Public Defender, pulling them even with the Waivers and only three points back of the league-leading Citations. … [Continue reading]