Clinic receives national CLEA award for excellence

Photo: First Amendment Clinic director Clare R. Norins and law fellow Samantha Hamilton (right) with Community HeLP Clinic staff attorney Kristen Shepherd and director Jason A. Cade (left) UGA Law School’s First Amendment Clinic, along with UGA’s Community HeLP Clinic and four other clinics from Harvard, Columbia, Texas A&M, and Boston University, were chosen as…

Clinic’s “Rap on Trial” team presents to public defenders

Spring 2021 – The Clinic’s “Rap on Trial” team presented to the Hall County Public Defenders on arguments for challenging the admission of rap lyrics and music videos as evidence in criminal prosecutions. Delivered by students Janay Alexander (3L) and Navroz Tharani (2L) under the supervision of Clinic legal fellow Samantha C. Hamilton, the presentation…

Clinic authors legal scholars’ amicus brief challenging overly broad N.C. Property Protection Act

On March 1, 2021, the First Amendment Clinic filed an amicus brief on behalf of 18 legal scholars challenging North Carolina’s Property Protection Act, which the brief noted “prohibits vast swaths of protected speech based on information obtained from the nonpublic premises of a property owner.” Filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

Clinic co-counsels in class action filed on behalf of immigrant women retaliated against for speaking out

MAY 2021 UPDATE & Press Statement: The Biden administration announced it will sever ties with the Irwin County Detention Center and no longer use it as an ICE detention facility. JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: A month after filing the lawsuit below, all named plaintiffs who were still in ICE custody have been released from the Irwin…

Clinic achieves amicus victory in Open Records Act appeal

The Clinic achieved an amicus victory in Love v. Atlanta Falcons Stadium Co., LLC where the defendant company voluntarily handed over 1,500 pages of documents sought by the plaintiffs under Georgia’s Open Records Act (ORA) rather than wait for the Georgia Court of Appeals to likely order the documents to be produced. The Clinic’s brief…

Clinic wins free speech protections against online censorship

The First Amendment Clinic settled a lawsuit against Douglas County Commissioner Kelly G. Robinson for blocking a county resident from his interactive Facebook page that he used to communicate with the public about his official activities after she criticized his response to constituent concerns. The settlement obtained in Bohanan v. Robinson, 1:20-cv-02641-JPB (N.D. Ga.) provides…

Clinic helps women abused while in ICE detention speak out

(Photo: protestors demonstrating outside Irwin County Detention Center) “22 women just went public with graphic descriptions of medical abuse in ICE detention,” reported Vice (11/19/20). The First Amendment Clinic, together with UGA’s Community HeLP Clinic, represent one of these women and are helping all 22 to tell their stories in federal district court in the…

Clinic challenges Open Meetings Act violations by City of Forest Park

The First Amendment Clinic is representing independent journalist Robin Kemp of the Clayton Crescent in challenging Open Meetings Act violations by the City of Forest Park, Georgia.  For months during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City failed to provide effective remote public access to its Mayor and City Council meetings while excluding Ms. Kemp from reporting…

Clinic files retaliatory arrest case against Camden County Sheriff’s deputy

  On Thanksgiving Day 2018, retiree Emma Jane Prospero called Camden County 911 to report persistent gunshots being fired near her home, which she believed constituted a safety threat and a noise ordinance violation. In retaliation for Mrs. Prospero’s complaint, Deputy Ryan Sullivan of the Camden County Sheriff’s Office swore out an affidavit for Mrs….

Clinic provides training and legal assistance to collegiate and independent journalists

On October 8, 2020 the First Amendment Clinic delivered its third media law training to collegiate journalists at universities across Georgia. In line with the Clinic’s mission to educate the public about their speech and press rights, the Clinic presented to the Cluster newspaper staff at Mercer University, the Grady Newsource staff at the University…