“Painting Constitutional Law”: Cortada’s Depictions of Supreme Court Cases from Florida, With Legal Commentary

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New from Brill is Painting Constitutional Law: Xavier Cortada’s Images of Constitutional Rights, edited M.C. Mirow and Howard M. Wasserman:

In May It Please the Court, artist Xavier Cortada portrays ten significant decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States that originated from people, places, and events in Florida. These cases cover the rights of criminal defendants, the rights of free speech and free exercise of religion, and the powers of states. In Painting Constitutional Law, scholars of constitutional law analyse the paintings and cases, describing the law surrounding the cases and discussing how Cortada captures these foundational decisions, their people, and their events on canvas. This book explores new connections between contemporary art and constitutional law.

Chapter 1 May It Please the Court: Of Florida, from Florida, for Florida
Howard M. Wasserman

Chapter 2 Legal Iconography and Painting Constitutional Law
M.C. Mirow

Chapter 3 Xavier Cortada: Socially Engaged Activist Artist
Renée D. Ater

Chapter 4 Gideon v. Wainwright: The Surprising Power of a Prisoner Petition
Paul Marcus and Mary Sue Backus

Chapter 5 Williams v. Florida: What’s in a Number? Jury Function and Jury Numbers
Jenny E. Carroll

Chapter 6 Miami Herald Publishing Company v. Tornillo: Freedom of Speech for Whom?
Leslie C. Kendrick

Chapter 7 Proffitt v. Florida: Distorting Death
Corinna Barrett Lain

Chapter 8 Palmore v. Sidoti: The Troubling Effects of ‘Private Biases’
Linda C. McClain

Chapter 9 Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah: The Meaning of Free Exercise: Equality and Beyond
Kathleen A. Brady

Chapter 10 Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida: Sovereignty and the Eleventh Amendment Imag(in)ed
James E. Pfander

Chapter 11 Bush v. Gore: Haste Makes Mistakes
Erwin Chemerinsky

Chapter 12 Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection: On Art, Law, and the Power of the Sea
Laura S. Underkuffler

Chapter 13 Florida v. Jardines: The Distortions of Implied Artistic License
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

–Dan Ernst