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.