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Students from UW Law’s Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic made policy recommendations in Washington State Legislature

SEATTLE -- On Feb 29th four UW Law students: Josh Hansen-King (2L); Garret Heilman (2L), Adam Sherman (2L) and Christina Hsiang (3L) made a series of policy recommendations to the Washington State Legislature. Members of the legislature’s Technology, Energy and Communications Committee (TEC Committee) heard proposals for extending extend broadband service into rural areas; harmonizing a Federal Communications Commission order with state law and establishing a consumer protection agency. Each student testified, fielded questions from legislators and following the presentation defended their policy proposals before a group of industry lobbyists. Throughout their presentations the students urged legislators to adopt policies which promote competition.

Representative John McCoy, TEC Committee chairperson congratulated the students on the originality of their thinking and the usefulness of their ideas. The Tech-Law Clinic was urged to transform its ideas into proposed legislation for the 2013 session. Clinic director Bill Covington felt the presentation was well received by Democrats and Republicans alike. Covington said.

“The Committee is contemplating asking the students to conduct follow up research and to compose additional recommendations in the areas of taxation, infrastructure availability and consumer rights,” Covington said.

Following the presentation the students had the chance to network with industry lobbyists and government staff members.

Sherman said the experience was one of the best he has had while at the law school.

“For those who want to not only think about the law as it is, but also about the law as it should be, this clinic provides a unique opportunity,” he said. “It merges the study of law with the study of policy and provides a platform for the Law School to highlight its talented students and faculty to the legislature and the public. It is just one more example of how the law school reaches beyond its walls everyday to positively impact the broader community it aims to serve.”

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