Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic

The Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic has two missions: using year-long projects to provide students with an opportunity to craft policy in those areas where public policy and high technology intersect and allowing students to work in conjunction with elected officials, business people, representatives of the public and others in crafting policy.

2014-2015 Clinic Projects

  1. Investigate issues around Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies and develop policy recommendations

    Focus #1: Explore whether Washington should follow New York’s method of regulating Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.
    Key Stakeholder #1: Washington State Legislature, Banking Committee

  2. Focus #2: Evaluate whether Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies should be considered property
    Key Stakeholder #2: Uniform Law Commission
  3. Examine issues around testing of driverless cars and develop policy recommendations

    Focus #1: Staff the Uniform Law Commission study – proposed by the clinic last year – on testing of driverless cars
    Key Stakeholder #1: Uniform Law Commission

  4. Focus #2: Draft proposed legislation on testing of driverless cars
    Key Stakeholder #2: Washington State Legislature, Technology and Economic Development Committee
  5. Study security issues around internet voting

    Focus: Determine whether security issues can be overcome in order to successfully implement internet voting
    Key Stakeholders: Washington Secretary of State, King County Elections
    White Paper Conclusion: Internet voting cannot be successfully implemented due to security problems, as security requires a paper trail, but ballots could be ordered on-line and emailed back

Technology Law Clinic News

  • Sep 17, 2012


    A variety of topics will be included during the Symposium including crowdfunding, food systems and co-ops, workforce programs, exporting, social media and so much more. For more information and to register go to
  • Jan 17, 2012

    Source: Reclaim the Media

    Last year, House Bill 2601 examined telecommunications reform, including the possibilty of municipality and public utility district provisioning. The UW School of Law examined the issues and released a report that recognizes the important role public sector investments can play.
  • Sep 01, 2011

    Washington State Legislature Recognizes Tech-Law Clinic Students as Key Players in State’s Efforts to Develop Distributed Energy Policy


    Distributed Energy (DE) policy encourages homes and businesses to use alternative forms of energy. Over the next 16 months the Legislature’s Technology, Energy and Communications Committee, with the assistance of Tech-Law Clinic students will conduct hearings, interview stakeholders and develop policy proposals. Representative Deborah Eddy, 48th District, stated “We look forward to working with UW Law’s Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic in developing cutting edge DE policies for Washington State. The students will conduct research, monitor meetings and bring priceless drive and intelligence to this process.” 
  • Sep 01, 2011

    Tech-Law Clinic Students Meet with State Representative to Discuss “Box Fee”


    Rurally isolated Washington residents would be eligible for reasonably priced Internet access if the Washington State Legislature embraces an idea developed by Tech-Law students. Representative Bob Hasegawa, 11th District, met with students and legislative staff to discuss a “box fee” (a charge on devices such as cellular telephones and personal computers which connect to the Internet). This fee would be used to subsidize access to the Internet for those living in areas which are currently unserved.
  • May 27, 2011

    Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic Second Interim Report


    A public hearing on Telecommunications Policy will be held at the UW School of Law on June 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The Second Interim Report Pursuant to House Bill 2601contains issues Technology Law and Public Policy clinic members hope to have discussed.
  • May 19, 2011

    Clinic students to engage in two year study on energy policy


    The Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic will undertake a two part examination of Washington State’s energy policies. Representative John McCoy, chair of the state legislature’s Technology, Energy and Communications Committee asked students to review existing statutory and regulatory energy policies. This will be followed by a second energy-related research project addressing a wide range of issues relating to the electricity sector Over the next four quarters students shall meet with stakeholders, engage in research,  compose proposed policies, hold at least two public hearings and formulate proposals for legislative consideration.
  • May 10, 2011

    Tech-Law Clinic presents interim findings to the Seattle Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB)


    On May 10, 2011, clinic director William Covington, with students Nathan Barnes, Neil Fauerso and Lawrence Wang met with the City of Seattle’s citizen’s advisory group on telecommunications policy. The students presented and received feedback on their proposals for increasing broadband access, spurring competition in the telecommunications arena and easing regulatory bottlenecks. CTTAB members urged the students to recommend the creation of a state wide consumer protection agency, retaining the current cable franchising structure and to bring the benefits of broadband to those who are economically disadvantaged.
  • Mar 04, 2011

    Students appear before Washington State legislature and make interim report on telecommunications policy


    On March 4, 2011, ten members of the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic presented a policy report to the Technology, Energy and Communications Committee of the Washington State Legislature. Committee chairman Representative John McCoy commended the clinicians for producing a well thought out, detailed and forward looking set of proposals. Following the presentation the students met with a group of industry lobbyists interested in the students’ proposals.  A final report is to be submitted to the committee on December 1 of this year.
  • Jan 01, 2011

    William Covington Presents to the State Legislature on Statewide Video Franchising


    William Covington, director of the Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, lad a legislative workshop on the issue of statewide video franchising for the Technology, Energy and Communications committee of the Washington State legislature on November 30, 2007. Washington State is considering following the lead of seventeen other states in taking the video franchising authority away from local government and transferring it to the state.
  • Aug 09, 2007


    The Superior Court of California for the County of Santa Clara has approved the distribution of $80,000 in cy pres award funds to the UW School of Law's Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law's Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, to host conferences on the subjects of internet consumer protection and security breaches.

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