Please find below the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic.
The University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic provides law students with real-world practice experience defending and advancing freedoms of speech, press, assembly and petition through direct client representation. Working under the supervision of the Clinic’s director and legal staff, students conduct initial consultations and case investigations, write demand and advocacy letters, author amicus briefs, and file and litigate law suits. The Clinic provides these services at no charge to clients in order to facilitate legal representation of individuals or organizations who may not otherwise have access to counsel with First Amendment expertise.
The Clinic’s Georgia Journalism and Access Project also provides legal support and advocacy to local journalists and news rooms around the state on issues of media law and government transparency.
The Clinic’s work focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
- Violations of Georgia “Sunshine Laws” (Open Meetings Act & Open Records Act).
The Clinic is funded by The Stanton Foundation whose philanthropic mission includes supporting expressive freedoms protected by the First Amendment and fostering a more informed citizenry.
The Clinic’s Georgia Journalism & Access Project is made possible by a grant from The Legal Clinic Fund for Local News.
The Clinic is directed by Assistant Clinical Professor Clare R. Norins and staffed by two legal fellows, a project attorney, and an administrative support specialist. Typically eight law students are enrolled in the Clinic each Fall and Spring semester, with two law student interns during the summer.