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Both decisions filed this week resulted in points for contestants. The Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office kept their position at the head of the pack with five points for a brief and oral argument in State v. Harrison. However, the Affirmed stole the show with ten points from Stafford Rosenbaum for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in Pulkkila v. Pulkkila. This performance propelled the Affirmed over both the Citations and the Waivers into second place.

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This week’s decision in Winnebago County v. C.S. delivered a point to the Citations (for an amicus brief by Godfrey & Kahn) and, more dramatically, 10 points to the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome. As a result, the Gavels tightened their hold on first place, and the Citations inched farther ahead of the pack in second.

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Law Firm Fantasy League

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

Law Firm Fantasy League

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

Law-School March Madness: An Update, 2014-15 through 2018-19

In 2015, during the NCAA basketball tournament, SCOWstats conducted a university contest of another sort by comparing the number of oral arguments delivered at the Wisconsin Supreme Court by graduates of participating law schools. Although the cancellation of the basketball tournament this year has eliminated the prospect of coordination with the NCAA, we will persevere—with five more years of data—to stage the law-school portion of the event.

The big picture.
For an overview, let’s begin with all 604 oral arguments in cases decided during the past five terms (2014-15 through 2018-19)
.[1] Table 1 displays every law school whose graduates engaged in at least six arguments (1% of the total) over this period.[Continue Reading…]

Law Firm Fantasy League

This week, Axley Brynelson contributed 8 points to the Affirmed with a brief, oral argument, and partially-favorable decision in Steven J. Piper v. Jones Dairy Farm. As a result, only two points now separate the Affirmed, the Waivers, and the Citations—all still trailing the first-place Gavels.

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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, 1968-69

These tables are derived from information contained in 283 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1968, and August 31, 1969.  The total of 283 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). Smith v. State, a 3-3 per curiam decision, is omitted, as is Rich v. Schweda, a two-sentence per curiam ruling “without opinion.”

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

With this week’s decisions, Crivello Carlson and Weiss Law Office each contributed a point to the Citations (for an amicus brief in Antoinette Lang v. Lions Club of Cudahy Wisconsin, Inc.)—thereby nudging the Citations over the Waivers back into second place.

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This week’s decisions elevated the Waivers over the Citations into second place on the strength of five points from Boardman & Clark (for a brief and oral argument in DSG Evergreen Family Limited Partnership v. Town of Perry).

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