New to SCOTUS Mapping? Check out the Mapper Intro page of the library. There you can find introductory blog posts as well as other helpful links.
Visual Learner? One of the quickest ways to grasp the basics of SCOTUS Mapping to review one the Project's Visual Guides.
- Visual Guide to United States v. Windsor (same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act).
- Visual Guide to NFIB v. Sebelius ("Obamacare")
- Visual Guide to Maryland v. King (DNA databases for arrestees)
- Civil Pleading Doctrine (Twombly/Iqbal)
The Supreme Court Mapping Project is an ongoing and original software-driven initiative.
The project, under the direction of University of Baltimore School of Law Assistant Professor Colin Starger, seeks to use information design and software technology to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship focused on Supreme Court precedent.
The SCOTUS Mapping Project has two components:
- Development of the Mapper software. This software enables users to create sophisticated interactive maps of Supreme Court doctrine. We have a new 2.0 version of the software! Click here to learn more.
- Building library of Supreme Court doctrinal maps. Our library has maps of implicating doctrinal territories in diverse areas including the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th and 14th Amendments as well as in commerce power, patents, campaign finance, civil pleading, stare decisis, and more.
The SCOTUS Mapping Project is actively seeking collaborators! If you have an idea for a map, please contact Colin Starger.
For his work on the SCOTUS Mapping Project, Professor Starger was listed in 2014's "Fastcase 50", which honors "the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders." The Project has also been recognized as a "Faculty Highlight" on the AALS's new website.