The Communications & Technology Law Clinic is the oldest tech policy clinic in the country. Albert H. Kramer founded the clinic’s precursor, the Citizens Communications Center (CCC), in 1969, which merged with Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation (IPR) in 1980. IPR was one of the earliest clinics at Georgetown and had been in existence since 1972. It provided Georgetown Law students with the opportunity to learn about the practice of public interest law by spending a semester working with experienced attorneys and faculty members on a variety of cases.
After CCC joined, IPR students and attorneys practiced in three areas: communications, environmental, and civil rights law. In the 1990s, IPR’s communications practice expanded to include administrative practice before the Federal Trade Commission, including on issues related to children’s advertising and privacy. IPR played a key role in the adoption and implementation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
In 2018, IPR’s communications practice began the process of becoming a standalone clinic at Georgetown Law and changed its name to the Communications & Technology Law Clinic.
In 2019, Professor Angela Campbell stepped down after directing the clinic for 31 years, and Professor Laura Moy became the new director of the clinic.
Over the years of its existence, students in the Communications & Technology Law Clinic have conducted advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Election Commission, the Copyright Office, federal courts, Congress, and state legislatures on a broad range of communications and technology issue