Clinic urges ACC Board of Elections to provide effective public notice of Special Called meetings

The First Amendment Clinic sent a letter of concern to the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections regarding its failure to provide effective public notice for a special called meeting in March 2020.  The meeting included discussion and a Board vote on whether to retain outside counsel to defend the Board at an up-coming State Board…

Clinic files lawsuit for Douglas County resident blocked from County Commissioner’s Facebook page after Commissioner breaches settlement agreement (updated November 2020)

Douglas County, Georgia resident Brenda Bohanan was blocked from County Commissioner Kelly G. Robinson’s Facebook Page after she posted comments in an online political discussion group that were critical of the Commissioner’s responses to his constituents’ concerns. Courts have consistently held that when government officials use online platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) to communicate with the…

UGA Law’s Ask-An-Expert webinar on “Facebook and Freedom”

First Amendment Clinic Director Clare R. Norins joins fellow UGA Law School faculty Lori Ringhand and Thomas Kadri in discussing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on First Amendment freedoms. A video-recording of the panel is available to members of the UGA Law School community.

Norins advocates increasing transparency around COVID-19

Clinic Director Clare R. Norins publishes “Recalibrating the balance:  Increasing transparency around COVID-19 while still respecting privacy” (Georgia First Amendment Foundation, April 8, 2020). The piece appeared as a guest op-ed in news outlets around the country, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read the article.

Clinic director presents at Georgia Press Institute training

On February 14, 2020, at the Georgia Press Institute’s annual training for collegiate print journalists, Clinic Director Clare R. Norins presented on the disturbing pattern of government retaliation against journalists during the panel discussion titled, “Under Attack: Assault on the First Amendment and an Open, Free and Unfettered Press.”

Norins presents to Atlanta Bar Association on Model Rule 8.4(g)

“Model Rule 8.4(g): Over-Lawyered, Over-Inclusive, or Overdue? Discrimination, Harassment, and the Free Speech Rights of Lawyers” At a continuing legal education event hosted by the Atlanta Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Section, Clinic Director Clare R. Norins presented on the free speech implications of the American Bar Association’s broadly-worded Model Rule 8.4(g) that makes…

UGA Law launches new First Amendment Clinic

The Fulton County Daily Report spoke with Assistant Clinical Professor Clare R. Norins about UGA Law School’s new First Amendment Clinic that will officially launch in August 2020. Read the article.