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.

The Fall 2018 Volume is Now Available and features


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


Confirming Ideology:

The Ideological State Apparatus and “Anti-Ideology Topoi” in

Supreme Court Confirmation Literature

Christopher R. Darr, Ph.D., and

Paul Cook, Ph.D.,


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


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.,


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The Special Issue:

“Freedom of Speech and the Press in President Trump’s First Year”

is available under “Back Issues”