Why is New York’s Highest Court not “Supreme”?

It’s a question well outside this blog’s usual jurisdiction, but my guess is that this question crossed the minds of almost all of us during law school, when we learned that New York’s court of last resort is called the “Court of Appeals,” while the trial courts are “Supreme Courts.”

Professor Orin Kerr got curious enough to do some Googling on the issue, and posts what he learned — which includes events dating back to 1777 — at The Volokh Conspiracy.  So if you’d like to end your week (or start your weekend) with some legal trivia, head over there.