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.

2015-2016 Clinic Projects

  1. Work in collaboration with Washington State’s Chief Privacy Office in crafting legislation updating the state’s information collection and security protocols

    Focus No. 1: Work with the Governor’s Office in crafting an Executive Order creating a Washington State Office of Privacy and Data Security

    Key Stakeholder #1: Office of the Washington State Governor
    Key Stakeholder #2: Washington State Department of Information Technology

    Focus No. 2: Craft and develop strategies for passage of Washington State law on information collection and security protocols.

    Key Stakeholder #3: Washington State Legislature

  2. Examine legislation from diverse cities and states governing the use of police body cameras; identify best practices

    Focus No. 1: Work with diverse stakeholders to identify key issues surrounding this new technology

    Key Stakeholder #1: American Civil Liberties Union (Washington State)
    Key Stakeholder #2: Seattle Police Department

    Focus No. 2: Examine Washington State’s Public Records Act and design amendments to prevent misuse of information gathered from body cameras

    Key Stakeholder #3: Washington State Legislature
    Key Stakeholder #4: American Civil Liberties Union (Washington State)

  3. Explore the feasibility of a Seattle owned fiber or Wi-Fi network

    Focus No. 1: Determine if fiber or Wi-Fi systems can be built and owned by the City of Seattle without violating existing laws

    Key Stakeholder #1: City of Seattle

    Focus No. 2: Identify the real costs of constructing a fiber or Wi-Fi network

    Key Stakeholder #1: City of Seattle

  4. Review existing national and international laws on asteroid mining and craft white paper identifying key elements of 2015 Space Act which may be in conflict with existing treaties. Participate in Space Law moot court competitions.

Technology Law Clinic News

  • May 31, 2016

    Source: The Daily

    To explore and alleviate issues surrounding technology and public policy, five law students took part in a yearlong clinic in the UW School of Law.
  • Dec 30, 2015

    Source: Internet Law Center's Cyber Report

    The FTC is continuing its “Start With Security” workshops for Startups, with the third workshop taking place on February 9th at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, and will be co-sponsored by the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab and the University of Washington School of Law Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic.
  • Apr 08, 2015

    Source: GeekWire

    We caught up with Dyson this week to talk about the future of robots, and why everyone needs a little R2-D2-like drone in their house.
  • Apr 03, 2015

    Source: GeekWire

    The two-day conference kicks off April 10 at the University of Washington School of Law. Programming includes expert panels, demonstrations, networking, and a keynote from Tony Dyson, the man who built R2D2 for Star Wars.
  • 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.

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