The work is rewarding, challenging and relevant to my chosen career path. I am confident that being a part of the Clinic has given me opportunities and perspectives that would not have been available otherwise.
— Beth Hutchens, JD

About the Technology Law and Policy Clinic

The Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic (Tech-Law Clinic) works at the intersection of public policy and technology. Students have the opportunity to write laws, compose policy papers, meet with stakeholders and provide legislative testimony. In the last few years, Tech-Law Clinicians wrote legislation establishing Washington State's Office of Privacy and Data Security, composed materials leading to the passage of Washington House Bill 1788, which outlawed non-consensual pornography (also known as "revenge porn") and assisted in the successful passage of Washington House Bill 2970 establishing a working group which will assist the state in crafting policies governing the testing and use of autonomous vehicles. Locally, the Tech-Law Clinic assisted in updating and amending the City of Seattle’s Surveillance Ordinance. Students in the Tech-Law Clinic have written and shared policy papers on topics such as algorithmic discrimination; distributed energy; TOR exit nodes; three dimensional printers and police use of body cameras. Tech-Law clinicians learn about the policy making process, work with a project team and select and address a current issue where high tech and public policy cross. The Tech-Law Clinic is a unique opportunity to learn about and influence the policy making process.

Projects

2017-2018 student initiatives:

  • Writing and submitting a bill allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on Washington State’s roads and highways;
  • Composing a white paper exploring how Blockchain technology can be used by state and local government;
  • Assisting Washington State’s working group on autonomous vehicle policy through the provision of briefing materials;
  • Examining and writing about the genomics and privacy; specifically who owns the results from such testing and what can be done with this information;
  • Writing about data brokers and how they might best be regulated;
  • Composing a white paper on the use of artificial intelligence by private entities and how that use may impact civil liberties; 
  • Briefing a large local corporation’s legal team on the workings of Blockchain and how that company might employ this technology; and
  • Drafting guidelines on the use of personal communications devices by state employees.

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