In Spring 2024, Clinic students and fellows published op-eds in support of
First Amendment freedoms and government accountability.

First Amendment in Schools

Clinic student Madi Blair published “School social media ban multiples censorship” in the Georgia Recorder.

Allyson Veile

Fiscal Transparency

Clinic fellow Allyson Veile published “Putting a black box around government contracts” in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Accountability for Public Officials

Clinic student Jessica Cooper published “Change to First-Offender Law Would Enable Corruption Cover-Ups” in the Daily Report.

Headshot of Samantha C. Hamilton.

Protest and newsgathering

Clinic project attorney Samantha Hamilton published “Georgia AG claims not having a having a phone makes you a criminal” in the Georgia Recorder.

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The Issue

Free Speech

The First Amendment protects the right of private individuals to engage in speech and expression without being censored or punished by the government because of their viewpoint. While the government may constitutionally regulate the time, place, and manner of private speech in public forums it must do so in a viewpoint-neutral manner and, depending on…

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The Issue

Government Transparency

Georgia’s legislature finds that transparent government is essential to a free, open, and democratic society. The state’s “sunshine laws” guarantee access to the public records and public meetings of local and state government agencies. The First Amendment and Georgia’s uniform superior court rules also protect the public’s right to observe court proceedings and review court…

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