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




General Coverage:

  • Aug. 14, 2018 - Law clinic advocates access to information, teaches the power to ‘do good,’ UB Now
  • Winter 2018 - Class Action: UB’s law clinics give students firsthand legal experience—and the disenfranchised a fighting chance in court, AtBuffalo

Buffalo City Police Oversight Committee:

  • Sept. 23, 2018 - Problems still seen in Buffalo police body-camera policies, The Buffalo News
  • Sept. 18, 2018 - How can the community and police move forward after an officer-involved shooting?, Spectrum News

Erie County Jails Lawsuit:

  • Apr. 2018 - NLG Buffalo demands answers from County Sheriff Misclassifying inmate suicides, Guild Notes
  • Mar 26, 2018 - Editorial: Sheriff's office vs. the law, The Buffalo News
  • Mar. 23, 2018 - Sheriff's staff blocks release of records after inmate lands in hospital, The Buffalo News

Veterans Data Privacy Lawsuit:

  • Aug. 11, 2018 - Vets group sues Pentagon for not protecting private military records of millions of troops, Miami Herald
  • Aug. 2, 2018 - Vietnam veterans group files suit accusing DOD of exposing private information through website, Stars and Stripes
  • Aug. 1, 2018 - Lawsuit accuses DoD of not securing millions of troops' personal info, Military Times
  • Aug. 1, 2018 - Local Vietnam Veterans and University at Buffalo file lawsuit against Department of Defense, WKBW Buffalo
  • Aug. 1, 2018 – Veterans group suing Department of Defense over privacy issue, Spectrum News Buffalo
  • Aug. 1, 2018 - Privacy of millions of veterans could be at risk, WIVB 4 News

Burn Pits FOIA:

  • Nov. 11, 2017 – Amnesty International USA files FOIA on burn pits, AI USA

Reforming Court Secrecy Practices

  • July 6, 2017 – Sealed cases, sealed documents, sealed opinions, Washington Post