Applying My Measure of Judicial Activism

Corey Yung

Corey Rayburn Yung is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. His scholarship primarily focuses on sexual violence, substantive criminal law, and judicial decision-making. Yung’s academic writings have been cited by state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Before Yung began his professorial career, he served as an associate for Shearman & Sterling in New York and clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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5 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    Corey, this is a very interesting project and I will look forward to reading more about your findings. a brief comment about graph design: the line graph, with its (at least implicit) suggestion that the lines themselves are tracking something, seems a poor way of representing what are in fact separate data points. Ihere isn’t any data to be captured in the space *between* Ford and Carter, etc. A bar graph (or just the data points, unconnected by a line) would make your point while avoiding this wrong implication. for more, see Edward Tufte’s work on the visual display of information.

  2. Corey Yung says:

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for the comment. I actually originally had both graphs as bars instead of lines. Because I wanted to also have the reversal rates on the same graph, I found Excel’s bar chart to be very confusing with one bar in the negative numbers. Since I’m not used to Excel’s graph options, I didn’t know how to improve the default settings and just opted for line graphs instead. I definitely plan to use bar graphs (or something else) in my final paper.

    Corey

  3. Matthew Sag says:

    Interesting stuff. What does the line connecting each president represent? It does not really make much sense to me to graph your results this way. Presidents are individuals, not part of a continuum.

  4. Corey Yung says:

    Hi Matt,

    The lines owe only to the fact that I am not proficient with Excel’s graphing options and have trouble making the bar chart look right with negative numbers. Still, by popular demand, I have replaced the second graph with a bar chart. Truthfully, the first graph should be a bar chart too since it is not a continuum.

    Corey