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This week’s pair of decisions—both titled Clean Wisconsin, Inc. v. DNR—benefited three teams.  The Affirmed collected 10 points from Axley Brynelson for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in Clean Wisconsin (2018AP000059), leaving them only 17 points behind the league-leading Gavels, who were idle.

The Waivers also gained 10 points—from Husch Blackwell, which earned five points in each of the two cases for a brief and oral argument.  Joining the Waivers in one of these cases (2016AP1688) were the Writs, who picked up five points from Michael Best & Friedrich for a brief and oral argument.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1956-57

These tables are derived from information contained in 249 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1956, and August 31, 1957.  The total of 249 decisions does not include various orders pertaining to petitions, motions, applications, and the like (generally disposed of without oral argument and in short per curiam decisions). 

The following cases were also excluded: Wagner v. Industrial Commission and Nechodomu v. Lindstrom, in which the justices denied motions for rehearing but modified original mandates; De Byle v. Roberts, in which the original mandate was clarified; and In re Integration of the Bar, a per curiam decision regarding rules and by-laws for the State Bar.

State ex rel. Witte v. Board of Election Commissioners and State ex rel. McIntyre v. Board of Election Commissioners were, in effect, consolidated and resolved with a single decision, as was also the case with Wisconsin Power & Light Co. v. Berlin Laundry Company and Wisconsin Power & Light Co. v. Berlin Tanning & Manufacturing Company.  Each pair of cases is counted only once in the following tables.

Eight justices appear in a number of the tables, because Justice Edward Fairchild retired in January 1957 and was replaced by his son, Thomas Fairchild.

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

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This week’s decisions moved the Affirmed into sole possession of second place, thanks to eight points from Axley Brynelson for a brief and favorable outcome in St. Augustine School v. Carolyn Stanford Taylor.  However, the Writs nearly kept pace, collecting five points from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (for a brief and oral arguments in St. Augustine School) and one point from Legal Action of Wisconsin (for an amicus brief in State v. George Steven Burch).

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1957-58

These tables are derived from information contained in 258 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1957, and August 31, 1958.  The total of 258 decisions does not include various orders pertaining to petitions, motions, applications, and the like (generally disposed of without oral argument and in short per curiam decisions).  A deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decision in Joint School District v. Thuss is also excluded.

Two entries were returned for Wiegman v. Alexander—the original ruling and a brief per curiam ruling that amended the mandate.  Two entries also appeared for Petlock v. Kickhafer—the original ruling and a subsequent ruling that modified the mandate after a motion for rehearing.  In each case, we will count only the original ruling.

In addition, Nexis Uni listed two decisions titled In re Estate of Rule pertaining to the same set of facts.  The justices noted that one decision (3 Wis. 2d 301) “controlled” the other (3 Wis. 2d 305), and thus only the first is included in the following tables.  In similar fashion, the court filed two decisions titled Dostal v. St. Paul-Mercury Indemnity Company on April 9, only one of which (4 Wis. 2d 1) is counted here.  Two entries titled State v. Industrial Commission (4 Wis. 2d 472 and 4 Wis. 2d 476) were, in effect, resolved with a single decision, and hence this case, too, is counted only once.

Eight justices appear in several of the following tables because Justice Roland Steinle resigned on March 2 in order to run for the US Senate and was replaced on May 1 by Justice E. Harold Hallows.

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

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This week’s pair of decisions brought no points to fantasy league teams–hence, no change in the standings.

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The Writs emerged as the big winners from this week’s round of competition—thanks primarily to 15 points from Hurley Burish (for a brief and oral argument in State v. Jordan Alexander Lickes and a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in State v. Alan M. Johnson).  Legal Action of Wisconsin chipped in a point as well with an amicus brief in State v. Lickes.

Next came the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office with five points for a brief and oral argument in State v. Anthony M. Schmidt, followed by the Waivers and the Citations who each picked up a point for amicus briefs—from Henak Law Office (in State v. Jacob Richard Beyer) and the Frank J. Remington Center (in State v. Adam W. Vice) respectively.

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All five teams gained points from this week’s torrent of decisions, with the Writs and the Waivers leading the way.  The Writs collected ten points from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in Sara Lindsey James v. Janel Heinrich (consolidated with WCRIS v. Janel Heinrich and St. Ambrose Academy, Inc. v. Joseph T. Parisi) and one point from Pines Bach for an amicus brief in the same case. 

The Waivers matched this total with five points from von Briesen & Roper (for a brief and oral argument in Southport Commons, LLC v. DOT), five points from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren (for a brief and oral argument in Southwest Airlines Co. v. State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue), and one point from Boardman & Clark (for an amicus brief in Sara Lindsey James v. Janel Heinrich).

Hot on their heels came the Affirmed with 10 points from Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in Kemper Independence Insurance Company v. Ismet Islami.  Following some distance back were the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office (five points for a brief and oral argument in Eau Claire County Department of Human Services v. S. E.) and the Citations (one point each from Godfrey & Kahn and Cannon & Dunphy for a pair of amicus briefs in Kemper Independence Insurance Company v. Ismet Islami).

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All three decisions filed this week delivered points to league members, with the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office emerging as the big winners.  They collected 15 points—10 for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in State v. Heather Jan VanBeek, and five for a brief and oral argument in State v. James Timothy Genous.

The Waivers were also busy, picking up five points from Quarles & Brady for a brief and oral argument in Ronald L. Collison v. City of Milwaukee Board of Review, which moved them ahead of the idle Citations into third place.

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A New Minister of Dissents?

For decades, Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s dissenting opinions figured prominently in commentary on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and, more recently, references to her frequent dissents have dotted assessments of her judicial career.  Not only were her dissents often “tart”—as her obituary in the New York Times put it—she wrote far more of them than any of her colleagues over a career that spanned 43 years.                  [Continue Reading…]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1958-59

These tables are derived from information contained in 251 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1958, and August 31, 1959.  The total of 251 decisions does not include various orders pertaining to petitions, motions, applications, and the like (generally disposed of without oral argument and in short per curiam decisions).

Also excluded are In re Integration of Bar, which yielded a per curiam order pertaining to the functioning of the State Bar, and two deadlocked per curiam decisions: McFarlane v. Industrial Commission and Marquard v. Condenser Service & Engineering Company.  In Helen v. Bodenhagen the court issued a decision (November 5, 1958) and later (April 10, 1959) modified it slightly in a per curiam decision.  Only the November 5 decision is counted in the following tables.

Eight justices appear in several of the following tables, because Justice Dieterich replaced Justice Wingert on January 5, 1959.

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