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Arthur Hellman Comments on Wide Disparity in Ninth Circuit Opinion Authorship

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May 15, 2013


Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman expressed surprise at the “huge spread” in the number of opinions written by individual Ninth Circuit judges over a period of three years. According to a story in the Recorder, posted on the website, some judges published almost three times as many opinions as some of their colleagues.

Hellman, who was described in the article as “a close follower of the court,” pointed out that judges take different approaches to allocating their time. “A conscientious judge can spend a lot of time reviewing the record even in an unpublished case," says Hellman.

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