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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 a late rush in them over the last few weeks of the term.

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The two decisions filed this week did not deliver any points to league teams–hence, no change in the standings.

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 offer readers an opportunity to contemplate whether the supreme court’s frequent embrace of “original actions” should be included in the list of criteria.[Continue Reading…]

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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, while the second-place Waivers added a point from an amicus brief by Henak Law Office.

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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.

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

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 rulings arising from (1) disciplinary matters involving lawyers, and (2) various petitions, motions, applications and the like (generally disposed of without oral argument and in short per curiam decisions). Also omitted is a code of judicial ethics promulgated per curiam on November 14, 1967.

Eight justices appear in several of the following tables, because Justice Robert Hansen replaced Justice George Currie at the beginning of 1968.

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

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 this showing, the Waivers broke away from the Affirmed and gained sole possession of second place.

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