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The following are current projects of the Technology Law and Policy Clinic.

Current Project

Create a law allowing the use of autonomous vehicles on the highways, roads and streets of Washington state.

Skills Focus

  • Learning the basics of autonomous vehicle technology
  • Working with government officials, manufacturers, legislators, environmentalists groups and other stakeholders
  • Legal and non-legal research
  • Developing policy through multiple drafts of legislation with input from select stakeholders
  • Objective and persuasive writing
  • Legislative drafting

Current Project

Update the City of Seattle's Surveillance Ordinance to ensure its use whenever technology which can access personally identifiable information ("PII") is purchased by city agencies.

Skills Focus

  • Learning the basics of the diverse technologies municipal agencies can purchase which have the ability to collect PII
  • Working with government officials, law enforcement, local legislators, manufacturers, the ACLU and other stakeholders
  • Legal and non-legal research
  • Developing policy through multiple drafts of legislation with input from select stakeholders
  • Objective and persuasive writing
  • Legislative drafting

Current Project

Update Washington state laws on surveillance to "plug holes" which exclude drones from invasion of privacy liability.

Skills Focus

  • Learning the basics of drone technology
  • Working with government officials, manufacturers, legislators, civil liberties groups and other stakeholders
  • Legal and non-legal research
  • Developing policy through multiple drafts of legislation with input from select stakeholders
  • Objective and persuasive writing
  • Legislative drafting

Current Project

Amend Washington state's Public Records Act ("PRA") to address problems caused by massive informational requests.

Skills Focus

  • Learning the challenges which have and may arise through voluminous informational requests through use of the PRA
  • Working with government officials, civil liberties groups and other stakeholders
  • Legal and non-legal research
  • Developing policy through multiple drafts of legislation with input from select stakeholders
  • Objective and persuasive writing
  • Legislative drafting