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always Appealing: Washington’s Supreme Court Continues to Write Influential Decisions

July 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Ian C. Cairns

Fourteen years ago, researchers observed that the Washington Supreme Court authored the second most decisions that were later followed by a court from another state. This article updates that research to learn whether other states continue to look to decisions from our Supreme Court as guidance and concludes the answer is a resounding “yes.” In particular, our Supreme Court has been a leader on issues of racial bias in the judicial system, although its influence extends beyond those issues.

In their article, “Followed Rates” and Leading State Cases, 1940–2005, Jake Dear and Edward Jessen reviewed 65 years of decisions...

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