The Government Accountability Project (GAP) Law Clinic is the only off-premises clinic in the School of Law Clinical Program. The Clinic Director works closely with the adjunct professors of GAP who have primary responsibility for the GAP Clinic.
GAP is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) public interest organization that seeks to promote government and corporate accountability through advancing occupational free speech and ethical conduct, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. GAP's lawyers represent government and private employees who speak out against fraud, waste, mismanagement, abuse of authority, environmental dangers, and public health and safety problems. By representing employee-whistleblowers in actions to gain protection against retaliatory firings, demotions, and other harassment, GAP assists the individuals in their efforts to expose governmental and private abuses affecting public health and safety. GAP's major program initiatives focus on both government and corporate accountability related to nuclear oversight, food and drug safety, worker health and safety, international reform and national security.
In seeking the resolution of the substantive concerns raised by whistleblowers, GAP: (1) provides legal representation to defend the free speech rights of whistleblowers who suffer retaliation; (2) seeks forums for the whistleblowers’ dissent in order to promote the successful resolution of the problems exposed; (3) litigates and engages in legislative education to advocate for stronger judicial and legislative whistleblower protection; and (4) aids affected individuals and community groups in addressing issues raised by whistleblower disclosures. More information about GAP may be found on their website at http://www.whistleblower.org/
Clinic students are assigned to supervising attorneys with teaching experience and a strong commitment to providing each student with high quality advocacy training. Students receive individualized instruction and feedback from their supervising attorneys. GAP’s fundamental operating principle is cooperative lawyering; therefore, students are encouraged to take advantage of the expertise of the entire staff. Seminars cover a diverse range of subjects. Students learn how to conduct hearings, prepare affidavits, obtain information from government agencies, interpret statutes, and work with the news media. Substantive areas of coverage include labor law, administrative law, civil service and environmental law.
Contacting the Government Accountability Project Clinic
If you are seeking legal assistance, please contact
Jordana Arias, Clinic Paralegal, at (202) 274-5073.
Government Accountability Project
1612 K Street NW, Ste 1100
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 408-0034
Clinic Supervisor: Prof. Tom Devine