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Hello — 


While I will premiere the Yellow Legal Pad Project Part I in November of 2023, here is a landing page to clarify the endeavor's intents. 

The Gist


I am currently developing the Yellow Legal Pad Project Part I. The digital humanities endeavor will materialize as a fully interactive website that takes textual quotes and edifies a history of legal and political thought from over 75 books and fifty thinkers across four hundred years. The project bridges philosophical and historical approaches to the law. Currently, I am also applying for grants to fund a podcast synthesizing legal history and jurisprudence that will air in the Spring of 2022. 

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The current gatherings



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Creator:Ali Dipp is a student at both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Before the Yellow Legal Pad Project, Dipp conducted over 100 audio interviews. Her interview experience comes from both the iHeartRadio show she cohosts (Pass of the North Radio Show—broadcasted over Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico) and Work Project (her first digital humanities project she directed). Connected to the nonprofit she founded with her sister nine years ago (Sunhouse Arts), the Yellow Legal Pad Project is the organization’s summer pursuit. 

Special Thanks: Professor Michael Vorenberg of the Brown University History Department continues to advise this project sedulously throughout this process.

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When we tell law as a story, what role
do we,

as a people, play?

While some might presume law to entail a series of rules, this website will emphasize how it is instead a perpetually evolving tradition. In recognizing this germinative possibility, the project intends to explain the evolving state of its history and future to more people. If we do so, individuals might understand that they can transform the current status of the law. Overall, explaining precedents to a present audience ushers a vision for an enriched national discourse. 

Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes (1651) 

Two Treatise, John Locke (1689)

Treatise on Human Nature, David Hume (1739)

Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu (1748)

Groundwork of the Metaphysics, Immanuel Kant (1785)

The Province of Jurisprudence Determined, John Austin (1832)

Deontology: Or, the Science of Morality, Jeremy Bentham (1834)

Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville (1835)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)

My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglass (1855)

Leaves of Grass,  Walt Whitman (1855)

On Liberty, John Stuart Mill (1859)

The Elements of Politics, Sidwick (1891)

Lectures on Ethics, John Dewey (1900-01)

Reconstruction in Philosophy, John Dewey (1920)

Common Law, Oliver Windell Holmes (1938)

Poverty of Historicism, Karl Popper (1957)

The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt (1958)

The Concept of Law, Hart, H L. A. (1961)

The Least Dangerous Branch, Alexander M. Bickel (1962)

The Morality of Law, Lon Fuller (1963)

On Revolution,  Hannah Arendt (1963)

The Origins of Pragmatism, A.J. Ayer (1968)

Liberty: Four Essays on Liberty, on Liberty Isaiah Berlin (1968)

The Creation of the American Republic,  Gordon Wood (1969)

A History of American Law,  Lawrence M. Friedman (1973)

Justice Accused, Robert Cover (1975)

Taking Rights Seriously, Ronald Dworkin (1977)

The Authority of Law, Joseph Raz (1979)

Social Justice in the Liberal State, Bruce Ackerman (1980)

Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, Michael J. Sandel (1982)

Consequences of Pragmatism, Richard Rorty (1983)

Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, Bernard Williams (1985)

Law's Empire Ronald Dworkin (1986)

"Violence and the Word,” Robert M. Cover (1986)

“Working on the Chain Gang," Stanley Fish (1989)

“Wrong Again,” Stanley Fish (1989)

The Magic Mirror,  Kermit Hall (1989)

The Age of Rights, Louis Henkin (1990)

Natural Law and Natural Rights, John Finnis (1980)

The Constitution of Rights, Meyer/Parent (1992)

We the People, Bruce Ackerman (1991)

American Citizenship: The Quest for Inclusion, Judith N. Shklar (1991)

The Alchemy of Race and Rights,  Patricia J. Williams (1991)

Race Matters, Cornel West (1993)

Keeping Faith, Cornell West (1993)

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America,  Gary Wills (1993)

Democracy’s Discontent,  Michael Sandel (1996)

Critical Legal Studies, Richard Bauman (1996)

Imagining the Law,  Norman Cantor (1997)

Taking Rights Seriously, Ronald Dworkin (1997)

Achieving Our Country, Richard Rorty (1997)

For the People,  Akhil Amar and Alan Hirsch (1998)

The Warren Court and the Pursuit of Justice, Morton J. Horwitz (1998)

Philosophy and Social Hope, Richard Rorty (1999)

On Empire, Liberty, and Reform, Edmund Burke (2000)

Law in the Western United States, Gordon Morris Bakken (2000)

Democracy Matters, Cornell West (2004)

The Ethics of Identity, Kwame Anthony Appiah (2005)

The Supreme Court under Earl Warren (1953-1969), Micheal Belknap (2005)

Moral Dimensions, T. M. Scanlon (2008)

Philosophical Introductions, Jurgen Habermas (2009)

The Honor Code, Kwame Anthony Appiah (2010)

Age of Fracture, Daniel T. Rodger (2011)

Cruel Optimism, Lauren Berlant (2011)

Law in American History, Volume 1, G. Edward White (2012)

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law (Volume 2), Leslie Green/Brian Leiter (2013)

The Classical Liberal Constitution,  Richard A. Epstein (2014)

Why Love Leads to Justice, David A.J. Richards (2016)

Law in American History, Volume 2 ,G. Edward White (2016)

The Monarchy of Fear, Martha Nussbaum (2018)

In the Shadow of Justice, Katrina Forrester (2019)

Common Law and Natural Law in America, Andrew Forsyth (2019)

Law in American History, Volume 3, G. Edward White (2019)

Utopophobia, David Estlund (2020)

“If the Music Hadn’t Stopped, or Reflections on the Great Kerfuffle: Historicism’s Continuing Grasp for Truth,” John Henry Schlegel (2021)

“Quentin Skinner v. Charles Taylor: Explanation and Practical Reasoning in History,Philosophy, and Law,” Charles Barzun (2021)

“Law in Time: Legal Theory and Legal History,” Paulo Barrozo (2021)

“The Architecture of Critique,” Elizabeth S. Anker (2021)

“Critical Legal Studies and Marx’s Critique: A Reappraisal,” Rob Hunter (2021)

“The Specter of Eurocentrism in International Legal History,”

Ntina Tzouvala (2021)

“Deep Cuts: Four Critiques of Legal Ideology,” Justin Desautels-Stein & Akbar Rasulov (2021)


And request a current bibliography, fill out the contact sheet below—thanks. 

Included Readings, Chronologically Sorted


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