The Whistleblower Protection Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law offers a pivotal educational experience to students. Led by Professor Tom Devine, the Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), this one-of-a-kind clinic empowers students to explore the intricate realm of whistleblower protection. Students embark on a journey of knowledge, responsibility, and advocacy, ultimately helping shape government accountability.
Professor Tom Devine, who was featured on the Netflix Documentary Three Mile Island started the Whistleblower Protection Clinic as a law student over 43 years ago. Devine brings his expertise to the forefront, guiding students through the landscape of the Whistleblower Protection Act. The Act frames whistleblower rights, providing essential legal safeguards for individuals who expose misconduct and corruption within government and corporate institutions.
The Clinic trains students to track and analyze decisions made under the Whistleblower Protection Act. This critical task establishes the foundation for upcoming congressional hearings, where decisions under the Act undergo scrutiny, ensuring transparency and accountability within government agencies.
Clinic students initiate interviews, investigations, and preliminary legal analyses for whistleblowers seeking representation from the Government Accountability Project. This hands-on experience provides students with insights into the challenges whistleblowers face and the legal complexities surrounding their actions.
A key achievement of the Whistleblower Protection Clinic is the production of a detailed intake memorandum drafted by students. The memorandum includes the student’s legal analysis, expertise, and recommendations and serves as the foundation for legal proceedings and advocacy efforts on behalf of whistleblowers.
The Whistleblower Protection Clinic plays a crucial role in nurturing future leaders and advocates for transparency and truth.