Catherine Sevcenko

About Catherine Sevcenko

Catherine Sevcenko graduated magna cum laude from George Mason School of Law after a career as a Foreign Service Officer. Postings in Budapest, Munich, and Moscow before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall gave her a deep appreciation for the power of free speech. After law school, Catherine clerked on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals before starting work as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLC. After leaving Steptoe, Catherine joined the appellate group at the U.S. Trustees Program at the Department of Justice. Most recently, she was interim Executive Director for the U.S. Chess Center, a non-profit in Washington, D.C. that teaches chess to children.


Commentary

  • Strike Two for University of Iowa President Sally Mason, December 19, 2014

  • Can Neutral Observers Ensure Freedom of Assembly at the University of Oregon?, November 26, 2014

  • ISU Gets a Lesson in the Difference Between Trademark Law and the First Amendment, September 25, 2014

  • Constitution Day 2014: What a Difference a Year Makes, September 18, 2014

  • Modesto Junior College’s Lawyer: Colleges, Dump Your Speech Codes, August 22, 2014

  • Letter to the Editor: Alumnus Says Iowa State University ‘Will Lose’ Case, July 24, 2014

  • Australian Plan to Rate Social Media Posts Offends First Amendment Principles, July 18, 2014

  • New FIRE Video: Don’t Shut Up—Stand Up For Speech!, July 8, 2014

  • This Fourth of July, Students and Faculty Are ‘Retracing the Steps to Free Speech’, July 4, 2014

  • Where There’s Smoke, There’s FIRE: Two More Allegations of Rights Violations at Hawaii-Hilo, May 2, 2014

  • Speech Code at Modesto Junior College Fixed. Who’s Next?, March 17, 2014

  • Judge Says Basketball Star Dez Wells’ Suit Against Xavier U. Will Proceed, March 13, 2014

  • Professors Cornel West and Robert George Advocate for the Power of Marketplace of Ideas, February 17, 2014

  • ‘Unlearning Liberty’ Again, This Time by Self-Censorship at ‘The Daily Targum’, February 13, 2014

  • FIRE’s Sevcenko: A Closer Look at Winston Case, January 31, 2014

  • Honor Dr. King by Fighting for Free Speech on Your Campus, January 20, 2014

  • Yale Unlearns Free Expression, January 17, 2014

  • George Mason University President: Unfettered Dialogue Empowers Students, December 19, 2013

  • Shibley and Lukianoff: ‘Why Speech Codes Endure’, November 27, 2013

  • University of Georgia Student Paper Reports on School’s ‘Yellow Light’ Rating, November 15, 2013

  • UC Riverside Student Government Resolves to Reform Free Speech Policy; FIRE to Help, November 7, 2013

  • Al Jazeera America Series on Campus Sexual Assault Highlights All Victims of the Broken University Disciplinary System, November 1, 2013

  • A Second Voice at Modesto Junior College Speaks Up for the First Amendment, October 30, 2013

  • Boston College Students Experience the Benefits of True Civil Debate, October 7, 2013

  • U. of Montana Faculty Criticize Mandatory Reports to Government on Sexual Misconduct Training Attendance, September 27, 2013

  • With Friends Like These: Beware Faculty Who Try to Censor Their Colleagues, September 26, 2013

  • Modesto Junior College’s Attempts at Damage Control Fail, September 20, 2013

  • In ‘The Hill,’ FIRE’s Cohn Discusses North Carolina’s Right to Counsel Law, September 11, 2013

  • Virginia Tech Supports the Troops and the First Amendment at the Same Time, September 6, 2013

  • Coastal Carolina University Bans the Local Alternative Newspaper from Campus, August 22, 2013

  • Censorship of Art on Campus Is Also Unlearning Liberty, August 16, 2013

  • University of California System Protects Faculty Freedom of Speech, August 1, 2013

  • Not Plausible That the First Amendment Protects Offensive Classroom Speech?, July 29, 2013

  • Four Key Points About Free Speech and the Feds’ ‘Blueprint’, July 15, 2013

  • Please Explain Why Putting University Administrators in Charge of Judging Speech Is a Good Idea, July 9, 2013

  • Estimated Cost of Suppressing Free Speech at University of Montana: $1-3 Million, July 8, 2013

  • The $3,500 Question: Why Do Universities Pay Consultants to Advise Them on Speech Codes When FIRE Will Help for Free?, June 18, 2013

  • This Crystal Ball is Clear: OCR Cannot Issue a ‘Blueprint’ Without Following APA Rulemaking Procedures, June 11, 2013

  • University of Louisville’s Nursing School ‘Tentacles’ Case Ends Quietly, June 10, 2013

  • The OCR Emperor Has No Legal Clothes: OCR Can Only Enforce the ‘Blueprint’ Against University of Montana, June 4, 2013

  • Oakland University’s Motion to Dismiss in ‘Hot for Teacher’ Case Relies on an Unconstitutional Speech Code and Shows Its Lack of Regard for the First Amendment, May 22, 2013

  • Motion to Dismiss in ‘Hot for Teacher’ Case Is Legally Weak But Tactically Disturbing, May 17, 2013

  • Department of Education’s Latest ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter on Title IX Retaliation is Puzzling, April 29, 2013

  • Egyptian Scholar Gives U.S. Universities a Lesson in Academic Freedom, March 19, 2013

  • UCSB Associated Student Senate Grapples with Tough First Amendment Issue, March 8, 2013

  • From the Archives: The Fight for Freedom of Speech at UC Berkeley Helps Spark the Social Revolution of the 1960s, August 29, 2012