Visual Scholarship

The New York Law School Law Review’s Visual Scholarship Project explores new ways to use technology and new media to produce legal scholarship. To accomplish this goal, 3L editors capture video footage related to the Law Review’s annual symposia and other events and conceptualize and execute a work of “visual scholarship” that examines the key legal issues discussed.

After interviewing legal scholars and other experts, the students edit this footage and add other visual and audio elements to produce a video that quite literally breaks the mold of scholarship published by the typical law review journal.

The Visual Scholarship team also enrolls in Professor Richard Sherwin’s groundbreaking Visual Persuasion in the Law course, in which they learn how to best use technology to debate, investigate, and perceive legal issues. Students are taught to utilize industry-standard software and are shown techniques for creating videos that discuss important legal topics and visualize legal concepts in an engaging way.

This project is done in collaboration with the NYLS Institute for Information Law and Policy.  Click here to view videos in iTunes.



Remembering the Dream In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington, civil rights leaders, attorneys, and scholars gathered at New York Law School to reflect on the impact that Dr. King’s speech and the March had on the civil rights movement, discuss the legacy of these events, and examine civil rights enforcement in the federal courts today. This video shares some of the speakers’ thoughts. Cite as: Remembering the Dream, New York Law School Law Review (February 2014), Click here for information about the related event.
The Supreme Court: Ghosts of Presidents Past In the New York Law School Law Review’s Supreme Court Narratives symposium issue, Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar’s article discusses the structural tensions between the Chief Executive and Chief Justice of the United States. Specifically, he observes that Supreme Courts “are, in general, ghosts of Presidents past.” This video explores that concept and the dynamics that affect the relationships between Presidents and Chief Justices, from Jefferson and Marshall to Lincoln and Taney to Obama and Roberts, with reference to the award-winning books of Dean and Professor Emeritus James F. Simon. Cite as: Ghosts of Presidents Past, New York Law School Law Review (May 2013), here for information about the related event.Click here for information about the related issue of the New York Law School Law Review.
Civil Liberties Ten Years After 9/11 In this video, legal scholars, attorneys, and policymakers examine the profound consequences the 9/11 attacks have had for our civil liberties, including implications for law enforcement and intelligence gathering, terrorism prosecutions and the role of judicial review, and the national security-civil liberty debate. Cite as Civil Liberites Ten Years After 9/11, New York Law School Law Review (May 15, 2012), here for information about the related event.Click here for information about the related issue of the New York Law School Law Review.
Exonerating the Innocent Our adversarial system currently accepts that innocent persons will be convicted of crimes. This symposium examined an entirely novel approach to substantially reducing the system failures that lead to wrongful convictions: the use of pre-trial innocence procedures and bureaus meant to limit the number of convictions of innocent people, especially the indigent, by allowing defendants to establish their innocence prior to or at trial. Leading scholars and practitioners examine whether or how such procedures could spare innocent defendants from long prison terms in a system where establishing a person’s innocence following conviction is extremely difficult – Cite as: Exonerating the Innocent – New York Law School (May 2013), Click here for information about the related event. Click here for information about the related issue of the New York Law School Law Review.
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