The Communication Law Review is dedicated to the proposition that freedom of speech is relevant & essential to every aspect of the communication discipline.

The original print version of the Communication Law Review started in 1983 and featured short articles by authors such as Sen. Dale Bumpers, Diane Blair, Stephen A. Smith, Gregg Phifer, and Franklyn S. Haiman, that contributed to the understanding of the historical, theoretical, rhetorical, & legal aspects of freedom of expression.

While we continue this tradition, we have moved to an electronic format & expanded the areas of research of interest to include a broader range of concerns at the intersection of communication & law.

While the primary focus will remain on freedom of expression issues, we also welcome research that considers areas such as legal rhetoric, emerging concepts in internet law, copyright concerns, communication in the practice of law, private constraints on communication behavior, censorship issues, & related topics.

We remain committed, as the journal’s founders did, to make

our scholarship available to everyone.


Special Issue of Communication Law Review 

“Freedom of Speech and the Press

in President Trump’s First Year”

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Volume 17 is Available, Featuring Essays by

  1. -Joseph Sery, Christopher Newport University 

  2. -Caitlin Carlson, Seattle University

  3. -Susan Sarapin, Troy University

  4. -Pamela Morris, Indiana University-Purdue University, Columbia

  5. -Terry Toles-Patkin, Eastern Connecticut State University

  6. -Bradley Wilson, Midwestern State University

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