Aug. 4, 2020 – Marquette University History Professor Alan Ball has a hobby that helps lawyers and the public better understand the Wisconsin Supreme Court: he researches the court’s decisions each term and publishes statistics at SCOWstats.com.
For instance, Prof. Ball looks at how justices aligned in criminal and civil cases, how frequently a justice was in the majority, and which justices wrote the most dissents or concurrences. This information provides insights on the composition of the court.
His research, thus far, goes back to the 1956-57 term. In this video, Prof. Ball provides some insights and findings from the 2020-21 term, which just concluded last month.