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Initiative for a Representative First Amendment

The Initiative for a Representative First Amendment (IfRFA) is a shared project between the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the Cyberlaw Clinic.

IfRFA provides financial support and career opportunities for law students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in First Amendment law. The program helps law students build expertise, make connections with clinics, and see themselves as part of a broad web of practitioners dedicated to justice and free expression. This work is done primarily through a fellowship program, which funds law students to spend a summer diving into the nitty-gritty of freedom of expression work. 

To learn more about the IfRFA fellowship, watch a conversation between Kendra Albert and two of the first year cohort fellows about their experiences.

The Legal Clinic Fund put together a report highlighting Impact Stories which summarizes the work of both IfRFA and a number of sibling clinics at various law schools. You can read this report here.

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Mar 23, 2023 @ 12:00 PM

“Weaponizing Misogyny”: Gender-Based Harassment’s Impact on Journalists and Free Expression

Join IfRFA for a discussion of how gender-based harassment online and off shapes our speech environment, leading to differing coverage and barriers to the free expression of ideas…

Dec 2, 2022

Summer Opportunities for Law Students — Apply Now!

The Cyberlaw Clinic and the Initiative for a Representative…

Dec 7, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

IfRFA Presents: First Amendment Careers

This event showcased the work of several friends of IfRFA who work on a range of freedom of expression issues. Panelists discussed how they came into their current roles, provided…

Dec 7, 2021

Summer Opportunities for Law Students — Apply Now!

The Cyberlaw Clinic and the Initiative for a Representative First Amendment are now accepting applications for exciting summer opportunities.

Jun 17, 2021

IfRFA presents: Black to the Future

A Conversation about Policing and the First Amendment

Video: A conversation about policing and the First Amendment

Jan 6, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

A More Representative First Amendment?

Video & Podcast: A Conversation with Khaled Beydoun and Justin Hansford

Video & Podcast: Professors Khaled Beydoun and Justin Hansford join IfRFA Director Kendra Albert for a discussion of the way in which First Amendment work could better engage with…

Cyberlaw Clinic
Oct 1, 2019

Cyberlaw Clinic Announces Launch of New First Amendment Fellowship Program

Initiative for a Representative First Amendment seeks to cultivate a broader and more diverse community of freedom of expression practitioners

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Mother Jones

Why Does Every Tech Company Want to “Democratize” Something?

"Kendra Albert, a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, has studied “

Oct 30, 2022
The New York Times

Big Tech Should Support the Iranian People, Not the Regime

BKC Affiliate Afsaneh Rigot and Kendra Albert write about Big Tech and how they should support the Iranian people.

Sep 30, 2022

Why the First Amendment also protects code

“The First Amendment serves as a check on government intervention into our public expression through, for example, spoken or visually signed…

Sep 14, 2022

Sex trouble: Sex/gender slippage, sex confusion, and sex obsession in machine learning using electronic health records

Kendra Albert writes about how researchers should handle sex/gender variables in different contexts like medicine, and the different…

Aug 12, 2022

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