Visualizing the First Amendment

Chris Alen Sula
Chris Alen SulaAssistant Professor - Digital Humanities Coordinator
Visualizing the First Amendment
Debbie Rabina & Chris Sula
Pratt SILS, ASIST Speakeasy series
April 8, 2013
• “Congress Shall Make No Law Respecting an
Establishment of Religion, or Prohibiting the Free
Exercise Thereof; or Abridging the Freedom of
Speech, or of the Press; or the Right of the People
Peaceably to Assemble, and To Petition the
Government for a Redress of Grievances.”
First Amendment scholarship
• One of the most studied area of constitutional
law
• Legal studies are traditionally based on
detailed qualitative analysis of legislation and
case law
Our project
• Applies empirical methods and visualization
techniques to gain new insights of trends and
patterns regarding 1st Amd. ruling by the
Supreme Court
• Project goals
– Provide a visual history of the First Amendment
– Assess the impact of these events on the
freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
Questions
• Once done, we will be able to answer
question like:
– Which of the 1st Amd. rights were addressed in a
particular case
– How did a particular Justice vote
– What was the ‘test” (justification) for the ruling
Patterns
• With the hope of being able to reveal patterns
such as:
• Do judges vote along party lines
• Do Justices change their views over time
Phases
•
•
•
•

Collecting and analyzing data
conducting analysis
presenting results in a visual graphic interface
publishing research study
Data collection
• Case law from the First Amendment Center
timeline
• Identify variables:
– Right asserted/denied
– Votes by court
– Writer of majority/minority opinions
– Chief Justice/nominating president
– Legal provision
– Number of subsequent citation the case received
Data sources
• First Amendment Center timeline
– 103 cases with narrative descriptions

• Supreme Court Database
– maintained by Washington University, St. Louis
– 8,407 cases coded with nearly 40 variables
– 655 classified as First Amendment cases

• Supreme Court Citation Network Data
– James H. Fowler (UCSD) and Sangick Jeon (Stanford)
– 202,167 citations to/from majority opinions
Data sources coverage
First Amendment Center
Timeline
Supreme Court
Database

Supreme Court Citation Network Data

1754

1800

1900

1946

2000
1 of 10

Recommended

Spengler chap01 by
Spengler chap01Spengler chap01
Spengler chap01medinajg
1.6K views16 slides
Spengler chap07 by
Spengler chap07Spengler chap07
Spengler chap07medinajg
1.6K views33 slides
Human trafficking2012 by
Human trafficking2012Human trafficking2012
Human trafficking2012Margaret Clark
2.2K views40 slides
Human rights nationalsecurity by
Human rights nationalsecurityHuman rights nationalsecurity
Human rights nationalsecurityMargaret Clark
415 views47 slides
Nathan Rosen SLA presentation Case law statutes and regulations for the non l... by
Nathan Rosen SLA presentation Case law statutes and regulations for the non l...Nathan Rosen SLA presentation Case law statutes and regulations for the non l...
Nathan Rosen SLA presentation Case law statutes and regulations for the non l...Nathan Rosen
126 views32 slides
Personal Learning Network by
Personal Learning NetworkPersonal Learning Network
Personal Learning Networksamspector93
263 views37 slides

More Related Content

Similar to Visualizing the First Amendment

Chapter 9 The Judiciary by
Chapter 9 The JudiciaryChapter 9 The Judiciary
Chapter 9 The Judiciarydrturnerworldhistory
5.7K views24 slides
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW & ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES by
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW  & ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIESADMINISTRATIVE LAW  & ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW & ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIESArnold Rodriguez
163 views27 slides
Spengler chap01 by
Spengler chap01Spengler chap01
Spengler chap01medinajg
1.7K views16 slides
Elements_of_Law.pdf by
Elements_of_Law.pdfElements_of_Law.pdf
Elements_of_Law.pdfacjimenezt
1 view32 slides
presentation final by
presentation finalpresentation final
presentation finalRachelle Resnick
99 views18 slides
The Federal Judiciary I. Constitutional Provisions .docx by
The Federal Judiciary I. Constitutional Provisions  .docxThe Federal Judiciary I. Constitutional Provisions  .docx
The Federal Judiciary I. Constitutional Provisions .docxtodd771
3 views33 slides

Similar to Visualizing the First Amendment(20)

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW & ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES by Arnold Rodriguez
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW  & ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIESADMINISTRATIVE LAW  & ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW & ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES
Arnold Rodriguez163 views
Spengler chap01 by medinajg
Spengler chap01Spengler chap01
Spengler chap01
medinajg1.7K views
The Federal Judiciary I. Constitutional Provisions .docx by todd771
The Federal Judiciary I. Constitutional Provisions  .docxThe Federal Judiciary I. Constitutional Provisions  .docx
The Federal Judiciary I. Constitutional Provisions .docx
todd7713 views
Climbing Capitol Hill: Basics of Congressional Research by Rosalind Tedford
Climbing Capitol Hill: Basics of Congressional Research Climbing Capitol Hill: Basics of Congressional Research
Climbing Capitol Hill: Basics of Congressional Research
Rosalind Tedford968 views
EDLD804 Constitutional Law Chapter 1 Presentation by Paul Gruhn
EDLD804 Constitutional Law Chapter 1 PresentationEDLD804 Constitutional Law Chapter 1 Presentation
EDLD804 Constitutional Law Chapter 1 Presentation
Paul Gruhn383 views
Federal Judicial Resources by suzanne1111
Federal Judicial ResourcesFederal Judicial Resources
Federal Judicial Resources
suzanne1111400 views
Justice Not Politics--Lessons Learned from the 2010 Retention Election - Dubu... by Robert Waterman
Justice Not Politics--Lessons Learned from the 2010 Retention Election - Dubu...Justice Not Politics--Lessons Learned from the 2010 Retention Election - Dubu...
Justice Not Politics--Lessons Learned from the 2010 Retention Election - Dubu...
Robert Waterman129 views
Paralegal's Guide to the Methodology of Effective Legal Research by Michael Kaiser, JD.
Paralegal's Guide to the Methodology of Effective Legal ResearchParalegal's Guide to the Methodology of Effective Legal Research
Paralegal's Guide to the Methodology of Effective Legal Research
structure-of-the-courts-2018.pptx by Mohibsir
structure-of-the-courts-2018.pptxstructure-of-the-courts-2018.pptx
structure-of-the-courts-2018.pptx
Mohibsir1 view
Legal Research and Case Briefing by lisajurs
Legal Research and Case BriefingLegal Research and Case Briefing
Legal Research and Case Briefing
lisajurs1.1K views
Legal ResearchMethodology.pptx by ssuser8f8770
Legal ResearchMethodology.pptxLegal ResearchMethodology.pptx
Legal ResearchMethodology.pptx
ssuser8f87708 views
Regulation, Law & Policy in the 21st Century from October, 2014 by Neal Axton
Regulation, Law & Policy in the 21st Century from October, 2014Regulation, Law & Policy in the 21st Century from October, 2014
Regulation, Law & Policy in the 21st Century from October, 2014
Neal Axton903 views
CBA Presentation Guide by gwylibrary
CBA Presentation GuideCBA Presentation Guide
CBA Presentation Guide
gwylibrary249 views
Statutory research complete_show2 by jzahrndt
Statutory research complete_show2Statutory research complete_show2
Statutory research complete_show2
jzahrndt880 views
The Australian Legal System by orrenprunckun
The Australian Legal SystemThe Australian Legal System
The Australian Legal System
orrenprunckun383 views

Recently uploaded

ICANN by
ICANNICANN
ICANNRajaulKarim20
63 views13 slides
Psychology KS4 by
Psychology KS4Psychology KS4
Psychology KS4WestHatch
62 views4 slides
Class 10 English notes 23-24.pptx by
Class 10 English notes 23-24.pptxClass 10 English notes 23-24.pptx
Class 10 English notes 23-24.pptxTARIQ KHAN
95 views53 slides
OEB 2023 Co-learning To Speed Up AI Implementation in Courses.pptx by
OEB 2023 Co-learning To Speed Up AI Implementation in Courses.pptxOEB 2023 Co-learning To Speed Up AI Implementation in Courses.pptx
OEB 2023 Co-learning To Speed Up AI Implementation in Courses.pptxInge de Waard
165 views29 slides
Class 10 English lesson plans by
Class 10 English  lesson plansClass 10 English  lesson plans
Class 10 English lesson plansTARIQ KHAN
239 views53 slides
Plastic waste.pdf by
Plastic waste.pdfPlastic waste.pdf
Plastic waste.pdfalqaseedae
110 views5 slides

Recently uploaded(20)

Psychology KS4 by WestHatch
Psychology KS4Psychology KS4
Psychology KS4
WestHatch62 views
Class 10 English notes 23-24.pptx by TARIQ KHAN
Class 10 English notes 23-24.pptxClass 10 English notes 23-24.pptx
Class 10 English notes 23-24.pptx
TARIQ KHAN95 views
OEB 2023 Co-learning To Speed Up AI Implementation in Courses.pptx by Inge de Waard
OEB 2023 Co-learning To Speed Up AI Implementation in Courses.pptxOEB 2023 Co-learning To Speed Up AI Implementation in Courses.pptx
OEB 2023 Co-learning To Speed Up AI Implementation in Courses.pptx
Inge de Waard165 views
Class 10 English lesson plans by TARIQ KHAN
Class 10 English  lesson plansClass 10 English  lesson plans
Class 10 English lesson plans
TARIQ KHAN239 views
Plastic waste.pdf by alqaseedae
Plastic waste.pdfPlastic waste.pdf
Plastic waste.pdf
alqaseedae110 views
EIT-Digital_Spohrer_AI_Intro 20231128 v1.pptx by ISSIP
EIT-Digital_Spohrer_AI_Intro 20231128 v1.pptxEIT-Digital_Spohrer_AI_Intro 20231128 v1.pptx
EIT-Digital_Spohrer_AI_Intro 20231128 v1.pptx
ISSIP256 views
Narration ppt.pptx by TARIQ KHAN
Narration  ppt.pptxNarration  ppt.pptx
Narration ppt.pptx
TARIQ KHAN110 views
Lecture: Open Innovation by Michal Hron
Lecture: Open InnovationLecture: Open Innovation
Lecture: Open Innovation
Michal Hron95 views
UWP OA Week Presentation (1).pptx by Jisc
UWP OA Week Presentation (1).pptxUWP OA Week Presentation (1).pptx
UWP OA Week Presentation (1).pptx
Jisc68 views
Community-led Open Access Publishing webinar.pptx by Jisc
Community-led Open Access Publishing webinar.pptxCommunity-led Open Access Publishing webinar.pptx
Community-led Open Access Publishing webinar.pptx
Jisc69 views
Universe revised.pdf by DrHafizKosar
Universe revised.pdfUniverse revised.pdf
Universe revised.pdf
DrHafizKosar108 views
Narration lesson plan.docx by TARIQ KHAN
Narration lesson plan.docxNarration lesson plan.docx
Narration lesson plan.docx
TARIQ KHAN99 views
Psychology KS5 by WestHatch
Psychology KS5Psychology KS5
Psychology KS5
WestHatch68 views
Solar System and Galaxies.pptx by DrHafizKosar
Solar System and Galaxies.pptxSolar System and Galaxies.pptx
Solar System and Galaxies.pptx
DrHafizKosar79 views
Classification of crude drugs.pptx by GayatriPatra14
Classification of crude drugs.pptxClassification of crude drugs.pptx
Classification of crude drugs.pptx
GayatriPatra1465 views

Visualizing the First Amendment

  • 1. Visualizing the First Amendment Debbie Rabina & Chris Sula Pratt SILS, ASIST Speakeasy series April 8, 2013
  • 2. • “Congress Shall Make No Law Respecting an Establishment of Religion, or Prohibiting the Free Exercise Thereof; or Abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the Press; or the Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble, and To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.”
  • 3. First Amendment scholarship • One of the most studied area of constitutional law • Legal studies are traditionally based on detailed qualitative analysis of legislation and case law
  • 4. Our project • Applies empirical methods and visualization techniques to gain new insights of trends and patterns regarding 1st Amd. ruling by the Supreme Court • Project goals – Provide a visual history of the First Amendment – Assess the impact of these events on the freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
  • 5. Questions • Once done, we will be able to answer question like: – Which of the 1st Amd. rights were addressed in a particular case – How did a particular Justice vote – What was the ‘test” (justification) for the ruling
  • 6. Patterns • With the hope of being able to reveal patterns such as: • Do judges vote along party lines • Do Justices change their views over time
  • 7. Phases • • • • Collecting and analyzing data conducting analysis presenting results in a visual graphic interface publishing research study
  • 8. Data collection • Case law from the First Amendment Center timeline • Identify variables: – Right asserted/denied – Votes by court – Writer of majority/minority opinions – Chief Justice/nominating president – Legal provision – Number of subsequent citation the case received
  • 9. Data sources • First Amendment Center timeline – 103 cases with narrative descriptions • Supreme Court Database – maintained by Washington University, St. Louis – 8,407 cases coded with nearly 40 variables – 655 classified as First Amendment cases • Supreme Court Citation Network Data – James H. Fowler (UCSD) and Sangick Jeon (Stanford) – 202,167 citations to/from majority opinions
  • 10. Data sources coverage First Amendment Center Timeline Supreme Court Database Supreme Court Citation Network Data 1754 1800 1900 1946 2000

Editor's Notes

  1. WelcomeThank you ASISTA project very much in it’s infancyWe welcome feedback and comments
  2. Without a doubt a highly studies area of constitutional lawMore like literary studies
  3. empirical legal research as “research that involves the systematic collection of information (“data”) and its analysis according to some generally accepted method” and includes the coding or tagging of units of text that can, but do not necessarily have to be, numeric in nature (Cane and Kritzer 2010, 4)