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Kirk Jenkins brings a wealth of experience to his appellate practice, which focuses on antitrust and constitutional law, as well as products liability, RICO, price fixing, information sharing among competitors and class certification. In addition to handling appeals, he also regularly works with trial teams to ensure that important issues are properly presented and preserved for appellate review.  Mr. Jenkins is a pioneer in the application of data analytics to appellate decision-making and writes two analytics blogs, the California Supreme Court Review and the Illinois Supreme Court Review, as well as regularly writing for various legal publications.

Justice Kruger has voted with the majority in 94.06% of all civil cases.  She was in the majority in 96.3% of cases in 2015, 83.33% in 2016, 90.48% in 2017, 100% in 2018, 97.06% in 2019, 96.55% in 2020 and 100% up to our cut-off point in 2021.

Justice Kruger has voted with the majority

Since joining the Court, Justice Kruger has voted to affirm in civil cases 71 times.  She has cast split votes – affirm in part, reverse in part – 21 times and has voted to reverse 110 times.  Affirm votes have outnumbered votes to reverse in only one year: 2018 (13 affirm, 11 reverse).

Justice Kruger

Since joining the Court in 2015, Justice Kruger has written 49 opinions in civil cases: 32 majorities, 10 concurrences and seven dissents.  All of her dissents were in 2016 (4 dissents) and 2017 (3 dissents).  Justice Kruger wrote two concurrences per year in 2017, 2018 and 2019, three in 2020 and one in 2021.  Justice

This week, we begin our review of the tenure of Justice Leondra Kruger.  Justice Kruger took her seat in 2015, replacing Justice Joyce L. Kennard.  Since joining the Court, Justice Kruger has participated in 219 civil cases – 27 in 2015, 36 in 2016, 42 in 2017, 32 in 2018, 34 in 2019, 29 in

Justice Liu has written 67 majority opinions in criminal cases since joining the Court in 2011.  He has written 27 majority opinions in criminal cases (40.3% of the total).  He has written ten opinions in sentencing cases, seven in criminal procedure cases, six cases involving violent crimes, five cases involving juvenile offenses and four habeas

In this and the following post, we’ll be completing our six-part review of Justice Goodwin Liu’s tenure to date, looking at the areas of civil and criminal law in which he’s written his majority and minority opinions.  Note once again that to maintain an even playing field, 2021 data is through the same date for

In part 4 of our review of Justice Liu’s tenure, we’re reviewing the data on how in sync with the Court’s shifting majorities he has been during his tenure.  More specifically, we’re calculating the percentage of civil and criminal cases in which Justice Liu has been in complete agreement with the majority (in other words,

Today, we’re continuing our review of Justice Goodwin Liu’s tenure with an in-depth look at his voting record on the Court.

Since joining the Court, Justice Liu has cast 106 votes to affirm, 157 votes to reverse and 24 split votes to affirm in part and reverse in part in civil cases.  Affirm votes have

Since joining the Court in 2011, Justice Liu has written 84 opinions in civil cases – 52 majority opinions, 22 concurrences and 10 dissents.  His heaviest year for majority opinions was 2013 with eight.  His lightest full years, with four majorities each, were 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020.  His heaviest years for concurrences were 2015

This week, we’re beginning a six-part review of the tenure of Justice Goodwin Liu.  Justice Liu took his seat on the Supreme Court on September 1, 2011.

Since that time, he has participated in 311 civil cases.  His heaviest year for civil cases was 2017, when he participated in 42.  His lightest full year was