First Amendment Clinic

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The First Amendment Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law supports First Amendment rights by focusing on local and regional cases concerning freedoms of speech, the press, assembly, and petition. It also enhances law students' understanding of the First Amendment and serves as a resource for organizations, students, journalists, and citizens defending First Amendment rights. 

Clinic Directors

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Daniel Gutman Lecturer, Director of the First Amendment Clinic

Daniel joined the law school in 2023 as the Director of the First Amendment Clinic. He received his B.A. from American University and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. After law school, Daniel served as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Gerrard, U.S. District Judge for the District of Nebraska. He then spent several years in private practice litigating commercial disputes, constitutional claims, and election law matters. In addition to his work at the Law College, Daniel manages a small law firm specializing in civil rights and election law. 

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Sydney Hayes Lecturer, Assistant Director of the First Amendment Clinic

Sydney Hayes joined the faculty in 2023 as the Assistant Director of the First Amendment Clinic.  Prior to joining the University, she was a commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution associate at Husch Blackwell in Omaha, Nebraska.  She has experience in litigation involving complex constitutional issues and business disputes, among others.  In addition to her work with the University she continues to practice at the Law Office of Daniel Gutman.  Her practice focuses on civil rights, election, and ballot initiative issues.  

Sydney received bachelors of arts degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota.  She graduated with highest distinction and Order of the Coif from the University of Nebraska College of Law.  

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