Civil Liberties & Transparency Clinic.

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 conducts litigation and policy advocacy to achieve systemic improvements in the law and to support investigative work and accountability efforts by client organizations at the local, national, and international level.

Contact Us

Jonathan Manes, Director of the Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic

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 democratic accountability and the protection of individual rights, especially free speech, privacy, and other basic constitutional protections. We carry out this mission by engaging in impact litigation, policy advocacy, and individual client representation.

The clinic is currently focused on issues involving:

  • Technology and privacy
  • Law enforcement accountability
  • National security, military, and veterans’ rights
  • Open, accountable, and effective government

Our clients include prominent local, national, and international organizations such as:

  • Amnesty International USA
  • Knight First Amendment Institute
  • National Lawyers Guild Buffalo Chapter
  • New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Partnership for Public Good
  • Privacy International
  • Vietnam Veterans of America

"UB’s law clinics give students firsthand legal experience—and the disenfranchised a fighting chance in court," UB AtBuffalo, Winter 2018.