SMU Dedman School of Law will launch a First Amendment Clinic in fall 2020, thanks to a $900,000 gift from the Stanton Foundation. The clinic will focus on free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and petition and other First Amendment issues. This funding will cover the core operating expenses of the clinic for five years.
“SMU is incredibly honored to be the recipient of this extraordinary gift,” said Jennifer Collins, Dean of SMU Dedman School of Law. “We are extremely grateful that the Foundation recognized the talents of our constitutional law faculty and our long tradition of excellence in our clinical program by entrusting us with this opportunity.”
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.