Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (30175). 3 or 4 units, credit/fail for students in their first semester, graded for students in their second semester. Students in the clinic will work on all aspects of cases involving press freedom, open government, free speech, and related issues. Clients include investigative journalists, traditional and new media organizations, activists, advocacy organizations, researchers and academics. Pending matters typically include litigation under the First Amendment and Freedom of Information laws in both federal and state courts. The clinic's cases involve a diverse array of issues, focusing in particular on national security, surveillance, privacy, technology and government accountability. Students may also have the opportunity to engage in non-litigation advocacy and client counseling. The seminar will focus on substantive law, case discussions, skills training, and ethical issues. Students will have the opportunity to write related research papers. Enrollment limited. Permission of the instructors required. D. Schulz, J.M. Balkin, H. Block-Webha, and J.T. Langford.
Note: This clinic is open only to J.D. students.
Course Bidding Information: Students who list this course among their experiential course selections should also submit a statement of interest and a CV to the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 8, at 4:30 p.m. Students should also indicate if they have previously applied to the course.
Note: Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory for admitted students and for those on the waiting list who wish to remain in consideration for admission if a place becomes available. Admitted students must confirm their participation in advance of the first class by a date designated by the instructors.