Thank you for the opportunity to participate as a guest
blogger this week! In my first post, I would like to share some thoughts on a paper I discussed at the recent
Midwest Political Science Association meeting in
The paper is motivated by discussions concerning the possible
split of the Ninth Circuit and the noted dominance of
The paper, however, also raised a number of interesting research questions. Implications concerning future divisions of the Ninth aside (which are important enough to justify taking an empirical look here with respect to California), as someone interested in analyzing the influence of circuit court law on circuit judge decisions, it does encourage one to think more deeply about the development of that law. Consequently, this work can provide a point of departure for further analysis of the substantive implications of the fact that certain districts and states within a circuit contribute differentially to the cases that form the basis of circuit law.