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.


  • 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