Jonathan Manes is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law. He directs the Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic, which engages in litigation and other advocacy to defend individual civil rights and to enforce the public’s right of access to information on issues involving national security, veterans, law enforcement, technology & privacy, and public health. His research is focused on the legal, theoretical and practical challenges of regulating government authority in contexts where secrecy is common. He examines the free speech and transparency regimes that apply in the national security and law enforcement contexts, and he is particularly interested in the challenges posed by the use of new and emerging technologies in these domains.
Manes was previously the Abrams Clinical Fellow at Yale Law School, where he co-taught the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic. There, he represented journalists and non-profits in transparency and free speech lawsuits regarding NSA and FBI surveillance, police practices, and prison conditions, among other issues. Before coming to Yale, he worked as a civil rights lawyer in Newark, New Jersey as a John J. Gibbons Fellow at Gibbons P.C., litigating on issues including marriage equality, the public’s right to record police officers, police surveillance of Muslim communities, prison conditions, and various immigrants’ rights matters. Before that he was a legal fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, focused on issues involving military detention, targeted killings, and whistleblowers.
Professor Manes received his B.A. from Columbia University (Biochemistry and Philosophy of Science), an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (Philosophy of the Social Sciences), and his J.D. from Yale Law School. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada.