Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Reminder -- Judge Marcia Cooke to speak tomorrow at lunch

At the Banker's Club at noon.

Cost is $35.

There are a few seats left. You can pay at the door if you RSVP to Lourdes at Lourdes_Fernandez@flsd.uscourts.gov

See you there!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Who is the most cited judge in this District?

Who is the most likely to come through with a comment similar to the end of this article?

A new study counted up the number of times the decisions of state high courts were followed in other states — in other words, how often one state’s decision played a direct role in shaping a decision elsewhere....

According to the study, published in December...the California Supreme Court won by a landslide.

In the 65 years ending in 2005, more than 24,000 state high court cases have been followed at least once. California leads with 1,260 decisions. Washington is next, with 942, and Colorado is third, with 848. New York comes in 10th and is only about half as influential as California, with 627 followed cases.

The Kentucky Supreme Court is the least influential high court in the nation, with 177 cases. The median was 453.

California also leads nationally if only cases followed three or more times are counted. The same goes for cases followed five or more times. In each category, California beats New York handily, by 160 to 39 for three or more followed cases and by 45 to 6 for five or more. The race has tightened a little, though, in the last 20 years.


Justices in other states did not embrace the study.

“Not to be too petty about it,” one wrote in a detailed critique when asked by a reporter, “but a report by the chief supervising attorney of the Supreme Court of California and the reporter of decisions of California that concludes — voilĂ ! — that California is the most ‘followed’ jurisdiction in the nation is presumptively suspect.” The justice was granted anonymity to allow him to be petty.