First Amendment students standing with Gregg Leslie in the Beus Center for Law and Society staircase.

First Amendment Clinic

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The First Amendment Clinic at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University was established to protect and defend First Amendment interests and to teach a new generation of lawyers how to help individuals stand up for their First Amendment rights. Our students interact with journalists and others to address the roadblocks keeping them from doing meaningful reporting.

Funded by an almost $1 million gift from the Stanton Foundation, a private organization established by longtime CBS president Frank Stanton, the clinic benefits both the community and the students who want to immerse themselves in promoting and defending First Amendment and press rights.

Who can benefit from the services of the First Amendment Clinic? 

Speech affects everyone in some capacity, so anyone can benefit from our services. We help those seeking legal assistance navigate complex issues regarding freedom of speech, press, assembly and religion. Defending the First Amendment does not mean we take on causes we want to promote; instead, we will help any time any government body or official tries to control or limit personal expression. This is how the First Amendment should work; everyone is allowed to think and speak as they wish to ensure that all voices can be heard in a democratic society with an informed electorate.

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Jude Joffe-Block

Jude Joffe-Block
Phoenix Freelance Writer

"ASU's First Amendment law clinic has helped me gain access to public records I would not have received otherwise. Meaningful accountability journalism requires access to legal counsel. This is a challenging moment for journalism, but one of the bright spots in the Arizona media landscape has been the creation of this invaluable clinic."

David Morgan

David Morgan
Independent Reporter

"ASU Law School's First Amendment Clinic has been a tremendous resource for my tiny local news operation, helping me to understand and use the law to expose severe problems and shortcomings in our local police-judicial-political systems."

David Bralow

David Bralow
Senior Vice President, Law First Look

"ASU’s First Amendment Clinic’s work was exemplary and its results in unsealing judicial records contributed significantly to the public’s understanding of the operations of U.S. Customs and Board Protection. The Intercept is a thankful beneficiary of this clinic’s important work."