First Amendment Clinic Director Clare R. Norins spoke with The Oconee Enterprise about the new clinic’s launch and the importance of lawyers and journalists working together to defend freedom of speech.

“A free press is essential to a healthy democracy and ensures that discussion on matters of public concern is ‘uninhibited, robust, and wide-open,’” she said, citing the well-known Supreme Court case of New York Times v. Sullivan (1964). “By lawyers partnering with journalists to protect press freedoms, we also protect the public’s right to be informed, to speak, and to engage in the political process.”