Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1988-1989

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, 1988, and August 31, 1989.  The total of 83 decisions does not include rulings … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

On the strength of a ten-point performance this week (briefs and oral arguments in State v. Maday and State v. Zamzow), the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office closed to within two points of the league-leading Affirmed. current standings … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

It appears that in 2016-17 the “Attorneys” section on the title page of a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision will no longer include attorneys who filed amicus briefs but did not participate in oral argument.  After noticing this, I went back over the … [Continue reading]

Is Stare Decisis Dead?

Last month’s decision in State v. Denny yielded a spirited discussion of stare decisis (often translated from Latin as “stand by things decided” or “let the decision stand”)—a principle that emphasizes the importance of adhering to the precedents set … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

With the five points contributed by Foley & Lardner (a brief and oral argument in Smith v. Kleynerman), the Affirmed widened their lead to 13 points over the second-place Gavels of the State Public Defender’s office. current standings … [Continue reading]

Readers’ Comments on the Attorney-Discipline Post

I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge two readers' responses to yesterday’s post on attorney-discipline cases.  The first response wondered if it would be fruitful to “stratify” these cases to see if certain types of dereliction were more likely … [Continue reading]

Attorney-Discipline Cases, 2014-15 and 2015-16

For years, SCOWstats has steered clear of attorney-discipline cases when studying the supreme court’s rulings, but today we’ll change course and explore these waters.  Filings from the last two terms should provide a sufficiently large sample (88 … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

Something stirred in the fantasy league’s cellar on February 28.  With the five points tallied by the Remington Center’s Innocence Project (from a brief and oral argument in State v. Denny), the Citations joined the scoring—leaving only the Writs and … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

With the filing of State v Scruggs on February 23, the Gavels of the Public Defender’s Office picked up five points (brief and oral argument) and edged into first place for the first time this season.  Their stay at the top lasted only a day, … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1989-1990

These tables are derived from information contained in 71 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1989, and August 31, 1990.  The total of 71 decisions does not include rulings … [Continue reading]