A puzzle: How many state appellate courts of last resort can you name that aren’t just called “NameOfState Supreme Court” or “Supreme Court of NameOfState“? I refer here to the state appellate courts that are the ultimate judicial expositors of state law, at least as to a large chunk of state law. (If, for instance, a state has a specialized high court for deciding election contests, that wouldn’t count, even if the court’s decisions can’t be appealed to any other court, because of the “large chunk” requirement.)
Naturally, the decisions of these courts could be reviewed as to alleged federal law errors by the U.S. Supreme Court, but the courts would still be courts of last resort as to the interpretation of state law.
Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Volokh is the author of the textbooks The First Amendment and Related Statutes (4th ed. 2011), The Religion Clauses and Related Statutes (2005), and Academic Legal Writing (4th ed. 2010), as well as over 70 law review articles. Volokh is also an Academic Affiliate for the Mayer Brown LLP law firm.