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Recent Changes at the Texas Supreme Court

Austin Federalist Society ()

This talk was co-presented with Justice Willett and was inspired by a talk we had presented together in 2010. The previous talk covered a unique period on the Court, where the same slate of Justices sat together for four years. This new talk covered a period during which the personalities on the Court (and perhaps of the Court) were changing.

I presented some analysis of voting patterns on the Court, including some graphs illustrating how relatively close each Justice votes with his or her peers. I also presented a look at: (1) how often each Justice tends to join in concurrences or dissents; and (2) a time-series showing how each Justice’s overall rate of agreement with the judgment has shifted over the years.