First Amendment Clinic

SMU Dedman School of Law will launch a First Amendment Clinic in Fall 2020, thanks to a generous gift of $900,000 from the Stanton Foundation. The Clinic will focus on First Amendment issues including free speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly and petition. This funding will cover the core operating expenses of the Clinic for five years.

The Stanton Foundation was created by Dr. Frank Stanton, the long-time president of CBS and one of the founding fathers of the television industry. Dr. Stanton was a fierce defender of freedom of speech and the First Amendment and received numerous awards in recognition of his efforts to ensure the freedom of the press.

“The Stanton Foundation is very pleased that SMU has accepted this gift. We believe that freedom of expression and the First Amendment must be protected by enhancing law students’ understanding of the First Amendment and providing a resource for organizations, students, journalists, and citizens defending their First Amendment rights. Equally important, we are confident that as graduates, SMU lawyers will exercise leadership in the support of First Amendment values in their communities, the state of Texas, and throughout the country.” said David Johnson, spokesman for the Foundation.

Contact Information

Faculty

Thomas S. Leatherbury
Director of the First Amendment Clinic and
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law

Michael Shapiro
Law Fellow, First Amendment Clinic

Lisa Montes
Legal Clinics Coordinator
First Amendment Clinic

Mailing Address

SMU Dedman School of Law
P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX  75275-0116

Physical Address

SMU Dedman School of Law
3315 Daniel Avenue
Dallas, TX  75205