"The very notion of a democratic society, where people have a role in their own governance, depends on having both access to information about the government and the right to distribute it freely without fear of retaliation or prosecution."
-Gregg P. Leslie, First Amendment Clinic Executive Director
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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.