| April 1, 2023

Clinic successfully asserts Georgia Shield Law to quash non-party document requests to press collective

Working on behalf of non-profit media collective Atlanta Community Press Collective (“ACPC”), the University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic successfully asserted Georgia’s Shield Law to defeat Non-Party Document Requests that ACPC received from Blackhall Real Estate Phase II, LLC (“Blackhall”), a defendant in South River Watershed Alliance v. Dekalb County and Blackhall Real Estate Phase II, LLC; Civil Action No. 21CV1931 (DeKalb County Superior Court, Georgia).

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| February 1, 2023

Amicus victory: The Georgia Supreme Court affirms voters’ right to petition under the state constitution

In Camden County v. Sweatt, the University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic filed an amicus brief asking the Georgia Supreme Court to affirm Georgians’ constitutional petition-and-referendum power to veto legislative decisions by their county commissioners that go against the will of the people they were elected to represent.

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Wooden bookshelves ful to the brim with paper records.
| December 15, 2022

Open records and open meetings in Georgia

Wooden bookshelves ful to the brim with paper records.

Georgia’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act respectively codify the presumption that public records should be made available for public inspection without delay and that government agencies must hold the meetings of their governing bodies open for public observation.

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A gavel and pair of eyeglasses laying on top of paperwork titled 'Class Action'
| November 1, 2022

Oldaker v. Giles – Women in ICE custody retaliated against for reporting medical abuse

A gavel and pair of eyeglasses laying on top of paperwork titled 'Class Action'

The University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment and Community HeLP Clinics are co-counsel in a putative class action, Oldaker v. Giles, 7:20-CV-00224-WLS-MHS (M.D. Ga.), brought on behalf of fifteen women, and others similarly situated, who allege medical abuse, neglect, and retaliation in violation of their First Amendment rights while detained in the custody of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia.

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| April 1, 2023

Clinic successfully asserts Georgia Shield Law to quash non-party document requests to press collective

Working on behalf of non-profit media collective Atlanta Community Press Collective (“ACPC”), the University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic successfully asserted Georgia’s Shield Law to defeat Non-Party Document Requests that ACPC received from Blackhall Real Estate Phase II, LLC (“Blackhall”), a defendant in South River Watershed Alliance v. Dekalb County and Blackhall Real Estate Phase II, LLC; Civil Action No. 21CV1931 (DeKalb County Superior Court, Georgia).

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| February 1, 2023

Amicus victory: The Georgia Supreme Court affirms voters’ right to petition under the state constitution

In Camden County v. Sweatt, the University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic filed an amicus brief asking the Georgia Supreme Court to affirm Georgians’ constitutional petition-and-referendum power to veto legislative decisions by their county commissioners that go against the will of the people they were elected to represent.

Keep Reading
Wooden bookshelves ful to the brim with paper records.
| December 15, 2022

Open records and open meetings in Georgia

Wooden bookshelves ful to the brim with paper records.

Georgia’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act respectively codify the presumption that public records should be made available for public inspection without delay and that government agencies must hold the meetings of their governing bodies open for public observation.

Keep Reading
A gavel and pair of eyeglasses laying on top of paperwork titled 'Class Action'
| November 1, 2022

Oldaker v. Giles – Women in ICE custody retaliated against for reporting medical abuse

A gavel and pair of eyeglasses laying on top of paperwork titled 'Class Action'

The University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment and Community HeLP Clinics are co-counsel in a putative class action, Oldaker v. Giles, 7:20-CV-00224-WLS-MHS (M.D. Ga.), brought on behalf of fifteen women, and others similarly situated, who allege medical abuse, neglect, and retaliation in violation of their First Amendment rights while detained in the custody of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia.

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