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Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic

The Civil Liberties & Transparency Clinic defends free speech, privacy, and other individual rights while pressing for greater transparency and accountability in government.

The clinic works on behalf of individuals and client organizations at the local and national level, conducting litigation and policy advocacy to achieve systemic improvements in the law and to support investigative and government accountability work.

Contact Us


University at Buffalo
School of Law
507 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100

We are a public interest law firm that pursues public accountability and the protection of civil liberties and civil rights, especially free speech, privacy, and due process. We carry out this mission by engaging in impact litigation, policy advocacy, and individual client representation.

The clinic is particularly focused on issues involving:

  • Technology and digital civil liberties
  • Investigative reporting and open government
  • Law enforcement accountability

The clinic has worked on behalf of individuals, investigative journalists, and leading local and national organizations including:

  • AI Now Institute
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Amnesty International USA
  • Buffalo Policy Advisory Board
  • Center on Race, Law and Inequality
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • The Innocence Project
  • Knight First Amendment Institute
  • National Lawyers Guild Buffalo Chapter
  • New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Partnership for Public Good
  • Privacy International
  • Vietnam Veterans of America

Read more about the clinic in At Buffalo, UB’s alumni magazine.