Previous Issues

Volume 21, Issue 1 (2021)

The Unfulfilled Promise of the Federal Advisory Committee Act: Ensuring the Transparency of Citizen Advisory Committees Utilized by Federal Agencies
Judson H. Eldredge, Louisiana State University Eunice, and William R. Davie, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Defending the Right to Know: The Foreign Agent Registration Act and the Fight Against Disinformation
Svitlana Jaroszynski, Florida State University, and Jennifer M. Proffitt, Florida State University.

“Today I Fear for the Future”: Brett Kavanaugh’s ‘Riveting’ Defense of the American Every-Man from the Vengeful Every-Woman
Hilary A. Rasmussen, University of Wisconsin Parkside, and Megan M. Lambertz-Berndt, California Polytechnic State University

Defamation, Trial by Jury, and Internet Libel: Comparing Online Libel Law in the United Kingdom and the United States
Zia Aktar, LLB, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, UK

Volume 20, Issue 1 (2020)

The Legitimation Crisis of the Japanese Constitution: Reflections on Japan’s Judicial Rhetoric and its Post-WWII Constitutionalization Process
Keren Wang, Penn State University, and Tomonori Teraoka, National Taiwan University

Fake Democracy: The Threats of the Internet to Constitutional Democracy and the Risks of Democratic Governmental Countermeasures
Gustavo Ferreira Santos, Catholic University of Pernambuco

Finding Them Forever Families: Suggested Changes to U.S. Copyright Law in Light of the Growing Orphan Works Problem
Donald R. Simon, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Northwest Missouri State University, and Avila University

Policy Fosters Family: Examining Discourses of Biology and Care in Foster Care-Related Government Texts
Lindsey J. Thomas, Illinois State University, Joseph P. Zompetti, Illinois State University, and Amber Jannusch, Independent Researcher

Emoji Goes to Court: An Analysis of Emoji in Court Proceedings and Implications for Legal Practice
Kristen A. Foltz, The University of Tampa, and Juliana Fray, The University of Tampa

Volume 19, Issue 1 (2019)

Defending the Press: The Shield that Sets Minnesota Apart
Scott Memmel, University of Minnesota

Justice for Sale? The Shadow of Dark Money in State Judicial Elections Holly Kathleen Hall, Arkansas State University

User-Generated Content and the Regulation of Reputational Harm: The Boston Marathon Bombing as Case Study
Ben Medeiros, State University of New York-Plattsburgh

The Whiteness of Brown: The Failed Constitutive Rhetoric of Brown v. Board
M. Elizabeth Thorpe, State University of New York

Regulating Social Media and the Internet of Everything: The Precedent of the Radio Act of 1927
Melody Fisher, Mississippi State University; Darvelle Hutchins, University of Missouri; and Mark Goodman, Mississippi State University

Can Contract Law Trump First Amendment Law?
Juliet Dee, University of Delaware

Volume 18, Issue 2 (2018)

A Few Words from the Bench: An Exploratory Study of Judges’ Communication “To” and “About” the Jury
Traci Feller, Ph.D., University of Washington

Confirming Ideology: The Ideological State Apparatus and “Anti-Ideology Topoi” in Supreme Court Confirmation Literature
Christopher R. Darr, Ph.D., Indiana University Kokomo and Paul Cook, Ph.D., Indiana University Kokomo

The Rhetorical Invention of Laws of Sacrifice: Kelo v. New London
Keren Wang, Ph.D., Penn State University

Constructing Means and Ends in Defining Obamacare: Contrasting Supreme Court Constructions of Congressional Motives in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius and King v. Burwell Clarke Rountree, Ph.D., University of Alabama in Huntsville

Volume 18, Issue 1 (2018) Special Issue: “Freedom of Speech and the Press in President Trump’s First Year”

Scholars arrived at the National Communication Association conference in Philadelphia (2016) on the heels of the presidential election won by Donald Trump. No matter which candidate one supported, there was much speculation about the country’s future following the election of such a polarizing figure. At NCA in Dallas (2017), President Trump and his Administration were the topic of a number of papers and panels. Clearly, as scholars we find the 45th Presidential Administration to be a rich source for study. Thus the inspiration for a special issue of this journal to give scholars an opportunity to examine the Trumpian Era in terms of the First Amendment, particularly freedom of speech and freedom of the press. In this issue, you will find six articles discussing an interesting range of topics related to the call. We hope you enjoy each of them.

Guest Editors: Pamela L. Morris, Ph.D., Indiana University-Purdue University ColumbusSusan H. Sarapin, Ph.D., Troy University

Guest Reviewers: Kevin Coe, Ph.D., University of Utah; Jeffrey A. Hamburg, Attorney; Sorin A. Matei. Ph.D., Purdue University; Joseph Sery, Ph.D., Christopher Newport University; Gretchen K. G. Underwood, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Trump, Nixon, and the War on the Press
M. Elizabeth Thorpe, Ph.D., The College at Brockport, State University of New York

War Stories: Trump’s Narratives and Freedom of the Press Ann E. Burnette, Ph.D., Texas State UniversityRebekah L. Fox, Ph.D., Texas State University

The Cynical Manipulation of Universities as Public Forums in the Age of Trump
Susan Balter-Reitz, Ph.D., Montana State University Billings Michael Bruner, Ph.D., The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Our Future Democracy: Reconsidering Regulation of Social Media in the Era of Trumpian Politics
John P. Hendry, Georgia State University; Christopher M. Toula, Ph.D., Georgia State University; Gregory Lisby, Ph.D., Georgia State University

Who Speaks and How? Rethinking Citizens United After Donald Trump’s Election
Joshua Bentley, Ph.D., Texas Christian University; Maureen Taylor, Ph.D., University of TennesseeYing Xiong, University of Tennessee

Will Fight (For) You’: Donald Trump, The First Amendment, and the LGBTQ Community
Bruce E. Drushel, Ph.D., Miami University 

Volume 17, Issue 1 (2017)

Law, Invention, and the Literary Imagination: Toward a Rhetorical Understanding of Martha Nussbaum’s “Poet-Judge”
Joseph Sery, Ph.D., Christopher Newport University   

Censoring Hate Speech in U.S. Social Media Content: Understanding the User’s Perspective 
Caitlin Carlson, Ph.D., Seattle University

Executive Censorship of Science: Muzzling Federal Researchers, Thwarting the Public’s Right to Know, and Impairing Trust in Government Susan Sarapin, Ph.D., Troy University, and 
Pamela Morris, Ph.D., Indiana University-Purdue University, Columbia

When Free Expression Becomes Micro-aggression: The Yale Emails and the Domestication of Halloween Terry Toles-Patkin, Ph.D. Eastern Connecticut State University

Rights Still Protected at Schoolhouse Gate: Work-for-hire for Student Journalists Fails to Diffuse across District Boundaries Bradley Wilson, Ph.D., Midwestern State University

Volume 16, Issue 2 (2016): Special Issue on Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia: A Study in Contradictions
Catherine L. Langford, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Justice Scalia’s Communication Legacy: Going Public and the Republican Rhetorical Style
Jennifer J. Asenas, Ph.D., California State University, Long Beach
Kevin A. Johnson, Ph.D., California State University, Long Beach

Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Communicating the Virtue of Friendliness
Pat Arneson, Ph.D., Duquesne University

Justice Scalia 2.0: Replacing “The Supreme Court’s Unlikely Defender of Technology”
Mark Grabowski, J.D., Adelphi University

Volume 16, Issue 1 (2016)

Richard Posner and the Rhetoric of (Economic) Common Sense
Joseph Sery, Ph.D., Christopher Newport University

Free Expression, Privacy, and Intellectual Property Online: Contesting Intermediary Liability
Lucas Logan, Ph.D., University of Houston—Downtown

Rhetorical Criticism as Essential Legal Skill: Some Thoughts on Developing Lawyers as “Public Citizens”Kirsten K. Davis, J.D., Ph. D., Stetson University College of Law

Media Education v. Censorship: A 100-Year-Old Solution for 21st Century Media
Michael Bowman, Ph.D., Arkansas State UniversityHolly K. Hall, J.D., Arkansas State University

Volume 15, Issue 2 (2015)

Chief Justice Rehnquist’s Preemptive Apologia in Bush v. Gore 
Craig R. Smith, Ph.D. California State University, Long Beach

Judicial Interpretation of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Beyond the Doctrine of Stare Decisis 
Pat Arneson Ph.D. Duquesne University

Checking the Checking Value in the Teapot Dome Scandal David R. Dewberry, Ph.D. Rider University

Volume 15, Issue 1 (2015)
The Living Constitution: Origins and Rhetorical Implications of the Constitution as Agent
Catherine L. Langford, Texas Tech University

First Amendment Tension: Advocacy and Clear and Present DangerMark Goodman, Mississippi State University

Special Student Forum on Free SpeechContemporary Lessons in Decorum: Maintaining and Challenging the Status Quo
Ty Lasater, Texas State University

From Temporary Incentive to Perpetual Entitlement: Historical Perspective on the Evolving Nature of Copyright in America
Evan Billingsley, University of Arkansas

Communication and the Mexican Constitution: An Examination of Cultural and Literal Implications
Leah Acoach, University of Arkansas

Ward v. Santa Fe Independent School District: A Plaintiff’s Ethnography of First Amendment Litigation
Marian L. Ward, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Volume 14, Issue 2 (2014)

Ordinance 556: The Comic Book Code Comes to Blytheville, Arkansas
Michael Bowman, Arkansas State University
Holly Kathleen Hall, Arkansas State University

The FCC Whence and Wither: How to Protect the Internet’s Golden Age
James Heller, University of New South Wales Law School

Volume 14, Issue 1 (2014)

From Edicts to Human Flesh Searches: Legal Communication and Practice in China’s New Media Environment
Rya Butterfield, Nicholls State UniversityNathan Crick, Texas A&M University

Obscene or Clean?: A Semiotic Analysis of “Awful Billboard Blight”
Catherine L. Riley, Texas A&M University

The Effects of the Cox Broadcasting Corp. v. Cohn Decision: Almost Four Decades Later
Jefferson Tarter Spurlock, Troy University 

Volume 13, Issue 1 (2013)

Contested Values and Constitutional Lacunae: Sambo, the Sig Eps, and Surreptitious Speech Codes
Stephen A. Smith, University of Arkansas

Corporate Free Speech v. Free Elections:  A Political Economic Analysis of Network News Transcripts Surrounding Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
Shea Lynn Smock, Florida State University

Curbing Deception: Why the FCC Should Establish Formal News Distortion Regulations for Broadcast Programming
Caitlin Ring, University of Colorado Boulder 

Volume 12, Issue 1 (2012)

Enacting Guerilla Marketing to Attain Commercial Speech Protection
Jeremy Langett, Lynchburg College

Defeat in Decision, Victory in Action: A Critical Legal Rhetoric Reading of U.S. v. Patridge et al. (1963)
William Harrel Lawson, University of Maryland, College Park; Scott Alan Smith, Westat

The Sharp Citizen: Applying the Lessons Learned from Joseph Weston to the Criminal Libel Outlook of the Future
Holly K. Hall, J.D., APR, Arkansas State University

The Rhetoric of the Web: The Rhetoric of the Streets Revisited Again
Brett Lunceford, University of South Alabama

Volume 11, Issue 2 (2011)

Race and Racism in the Collective Memory of the Law: The Case of Roger B. Taney and Dred Scott v. Sandford
Catherine L. Langford, Texas Tech University

Will Someone Please Think of the Children? An Analysis of Congressional Investigations of Violent Media
Greg Blackburn, University of Arkansas

Essays Honoring Franklyn S. Haiman

The Insight, Influence, and Inspiration of Franklyn S. Haiman
Stephen A. Smith, University of Arkansas

Speech and Law in a Free Society: Franklyn Haiman and the “Boisterous Sea of Liberty”
Dale A. Herbeck, Boston College

Franklyn Haiman’s Approach to the Problem of Incitement
Juliet Dee, University of Delaware

Reflections and Recollections of Franklyn Haiman as Mentor, Colleague and Civil Libertarian
Robert M. O’Neil, University of Virginia Law School

Volume 11, Issue 1 (2011)

Altering (Dynamic) Social Ideologies through the Exercise of Free Speech
Pat Arneson, Ph.D., Duquesne University

The Anti-Corruption Argument in Freedom of Expression Discourse
W. Thomas Duncanson, Millikin University

In Defense of Unity & English-Only: On the Early Political Battles to ‘Unite’ the Nation
Donathan L. Brown, Ph.D.,Ithaca College

The Speech, Not the Speaker: Protecting Public School Student Expression
Erica R. Salkin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Volume 10, Issue 2 (2010)
“Shut Up and Sing”: The Dixie Chicks and the State of Free Speech in the United States
Catherine L. Langford Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Arguments Against Use of the Reid Technique for Juvenile Interrogations
Buffie Brooke Merryman M.A., J.D., Merryman Law Firm

Conflict of Interest, Bias, and Manipulation: Reassessing Prescriber Education and the Learned Intermediary Doctrine
Michael P. Pagano, PA-C, Ph.D., Fairfield University

“People Did Sometimes Stick Things in my Underwear” The Function of Laughter at the U.S. Supreme Court
Ryan A. Malphurs, Ph.D.

Volume 10, Issue 1 (2010): A Special Issue on Critical Race Theory Critical Race Theory as a Means to Deconstruct, Recover and Evolve in Communication Studies
Rachel Alicia Griffin, Southern Illinois University Guest Editor

Critical Intersections and Comic Possibilities: Extending Racialized Critical Rhetorical Scholarship
Jonathan P. Rossing,Indiana University–Bloomington

The Ghost of Moby-Dick and the Rhetorical Haunting of the Ninth Court’s Anderson v. Evans Decision
Kelly M. Young, Wayne State University 

Reversal of Privilege: Deconstructing Imperialism, Racism, and Power in the Film White Man’s Burden
Tina M. Harris and Kirsten Weber, University of Georgia

Volume 9, Issue 2 (2009) 

Toward a Genre of Judicial Dissent: Lochner and Casey as Exemplars
Catherine L. Langford, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Rhetorically Re-visioning the Right of Political Expression: A Critical Analysis of Frazier v. Boomsma
Richard A. Parker, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University

“Side Effects May Include Headache and Eye Strain” Talk to Your Doctor about Prescription Drug Advertising: A Suggestion for Revision of Prescription Drug Advertising Regulation
Shannon Grace Stevens, J.D.

Protecting “Signal Bleed” as Freedom of Speech: An Analysis of United States et al v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc.
Elizabeth Hatfield, M.A.,Texas A&M University

“Something Old Is New Again”: A Note on the Status of the “Government Speech Doctrine” after Pleasant Grove City, Utah v. Summum
Jim Vickrey, Ph.D., J.D., Troy University Montgomery

Volume 9, Issue 1 (2009)

Words on the Market: Consent Theory and the Public Interest 
George Bagley ( Brown, Nicholson School of Communication, University of Central Florida

Standing as Empowering and Limiting: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ v. Federal Communications Commission (1966)
William H Lawson ( & Jennifer M. Proffitt (, Florida State University

Until the People Spoke: The California Supreme Court’s Response to Same-Sex “Marriage” in In Re Marriages
Michael A. Cavanagh, J.D. (, East Carolina University

Volume 8, Issue 2 (2008)

Law Imitating Art: American Judicial Opinions Performing The Merchant of Venice
Lindsley Armstrong Smith, University of Arkansas

The Praxis of Coercion by American Presidents in Times of Crisis
Mark Goodman, Mississippi State University

Credibility Lessening Tactics Utilized in the Courtroom by Male and Female Attorneys
Sarah Ubel,Washburn University

Explorations of Juror Reasoning: Extending our Understanding of the Influence of Attorney Opening Statement/Closing Argument Organizational Strategy
Shelley C. Spiecker, Ph.D., Senior Litigation Consultant Persuasion Strategies, Denver, CO & Debra L. Worthington, Auburn University

A Comparative Case Study of Censorship in Public Schools: “The Chocolate Wars” and the “Battle of the Books”
Cortney Smith, University of ArkansasVolume 8, Issue 1 (2007)

Anarchy and Jurisprudence: Examining Emma Goldman’s Fight to Secure Free Speech by Challenging the Comstock Act
Rebekah L. Fox, Purdue University & Robin Patric Clair, Purdue University

Campaign Finance Regulation of Online Political Speech: Background and Implications of the FEC’s Latest Ruling
Scott W. Dunn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Reducing the Hindsight Bias in Mock-Juror Decision Making: Assessing the Effectiveness of a Court-Appointed Witness
Debra L. Worthington, Auburn University

The Impact of Modern Copyright Law on the Creation of Derivative Literary Works
Matt Hlinak, Northwestern University

Volume 7, Issue 1 (2007)

Senatorial and Judicial First Amendment Rhetoric of  Hugo LaFayette Black 
Lindsley Armstrong Smith, University of Arkansas

Testing Supreme Court assumptions in California v. la Rue: Is There Justification for Prohibiting Sexually Explicit Messages in Establishments that Sell Liquor?
Daniel Linz, University of California at Santa Barbara, Mike Z. Yao, City University of Hong Kong  & Sahara Byrne, University of California at Santa Barbara

Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, and Models of Personhood in Hungarian Political Discourse
David Boromisza-Habashi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

From Hazelwood to Hosty: Student Publications as Public Forums
Christopher J. Hunker, Boston College

A First Amendment Analysis of Hate Speech Aimed at Illegal Immigrants: When Intolerant Speech is No Longer Protected
Joshua Azriel, Kennesaw State University

Volume 6, Issue 2 (2006)

Grandma’s Book on Sex and the Comstock Act: Censorship, Anthony Comstock, and Mary Ware Dennett
Linda Baughman, Christopher Newport University

Expanding the Public Forum Doctrine in Cyberspace: Some Lessons from Jersey
Faith M. Sparr, University of Michigan 

Revisiting Red Lion By Way of O’Brien
Richard Vogel, Ashland University 

The Effects of a Crowded Deliberation Environment on Mock Jurors’ Attitudes and Decision-Making
Charles P. Short, Burt Pryor, Jeff Butler & Sally O. Hastings, University of Central Florida

Volume 6, Issue 1 (2006)

Being James Madison: The Supreme Court’s Use of Madison’s Arguments in First Amendment Jurisprudence
Lindsley Armstrong Smith, University of Arkansas

The Question Remains-Can Government Intervention Promote Free Speech?: Revisiting Arguments for Structural Regulation 
Jennifer M. Proffitt, Florida State University

Privacy: Ethical and Legal Considerations
Raphael Cohen-Almagor, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel

The Competing Free Speech Philosophies of Franklyn Haiman and John Dunham Peters Through the Lens of Skokie, Illinois 1978Robert Margesson, Regis University 

Book Review: Democracy Off Balance: Freedom of Expression and Hate Propaganda Law in Canada
Cara M. Huwieler, Wake Forrest Law School

Volume 5, Issue 2 (2005)

The Rhetorical Construction of Justice and Money in Citizens Bank v. Strumpf
Irwin Mallin,University of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne

Rally ‘Round the Burning Cross, Boys: A Legal and Rhetorical Analysis of Virginia v. Black
Michael A. Cavanagh, East Carolina University 

An Analysis of Congressional Arguments Limiting Free Speech
Laura Long, University of Oklahoma Law School

A History of Copyright in the United States
Andy S. Long, University of Oklahoma Law School

Volume 5, Issue 1 (2005)

From Nationalism to Migrancy: The Politics of Asian American Transnationalism
Kent A. Ono, University of Illinois 

Picking at Scabs: Labor Rhetoric and Free Speech in the 1940’s
Lindsley Armstrong Smith, University of Arkansas

Is South Park Next? A Look at the Supreme Court, Congress and Regulation of Indecency on Cable Television
Faith M. Sparr, Hawaii Pacific University

Attorney Eye Contact and Control In the Courtroom: Act I
Philip J. Aust, Kennesaw State University 

Volume 4, Issue 1 (2002)

Jury Instructions: Are They too Complicated for Jurors to Understand?
Bill G. Horton, University of Arkansas & Leah R. Thompson 

Family and Medical Leave Act: Its Communicative Impact on Families and Employers
Patricia Amason, University of ArkansasDanna M. Gibson, Columbus UniversityLynne M. Webb, University of ArkansasMyria Watkins Allen, University of Arkansas 

Juror Assessment of Veracity, Deception, and Credibility 
Lindsley Smith, University of Arkansas

Attorney/Witness Stories in the Courtroom: Analyzing the Collaborative Dialogue of Direct Examination
Philip Aust, Kennesaw State University  

Comstock Revisited: Janet Reno’s First Amendment
Bernadette Reda Mink, University of Arkansas 

Volume 2, Issue 1 (1984) (unavailable)

“Equal Time for Political Candidates: But May They Say Bullshit on the Air?” 
Franklyn S. Haiman

“Voluntary School Prayer and Equal Access in the Public Schools” Sen. Dale Bumpers

“The Big Push to End Broadcast Content Controls” Craig R. Smith

“Freedom of Interpretation at Baylor University” Carl Kell

“Privacy: A Research Priority for the Eighties” Robert Anderson

“The Phantom Public: Another Look at the Scientific Creationism Controversy” Robert Savage and Diane Blair

“Technology, Mind-Manipulation, and First Amendment Freedoms” Daniel Ross Chandler

“Censorship of Sexual Materials: A Bibliography” Thomas L. Tedford

First Amendment Advertorials: A Collection” Stephen A. Smith   

Volume 1, Issue 2 (1983) Click here for PDF

“School libraries in Peril” Gregg Phifer

Repression As a Righteous Reign: Anti-Gay Legislation in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Oklahoma” Daniel Ross Chandler

“Scientific of Creationism in Arkansas: A Study of Public Opinion, Public Persuasion, and Public Policy” Stephen A. Smith

“Freedom of Speech: A Selected Annotated Bibliography” Thomas L. Tedford

Volume 1, Issue 1 (1983) Click here for PDF

“It’s Time You Tigers Roared” Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“Contemporary Issues in Freedom of Expression: A Review of the Southern States” Stephen A. Smith