Will Creeley

About Will Creeley

William Creeley, FIRE’s Director of Legal and Public Advocacy, is a proud native of Buffalo, N.Y. William graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2003. As an undergraduate, he earned a B.A. magna cum laude in political science and critical theory, served as a student senator, received a Founders’ Day Award, and was the graduation speaker for both the Gallatin School graduation ceremony and the All-University commencement. In 2006, William graduated from New York University School of Law, where he served as an associate executive editor for the New York University Law Review. A former FIRE legal intern (2004), William began defending student and faculty rights for FIRE in 2006. William has spoken to students, faculty, and administrators at events across the country and online and has led FIRE’s Continuing Legal Education programs in New York and Pennsylvania.


  • Greg on ‘Fox & Friends’ Saturday Morning to Talk Brandeis, ‘Disinvitation Season’, April 11, 2014

  • Tyler Clementi Act: Still Well-Intentioned, Still a Threat to Free Expression, March 31, 2014

  • UNC Wilmington Professor’s Day in Court Finally Arrives, March 17, 2014

  • A Closer Look at FIRE’s ‘Susan B. Anthony List’ Brief, March 7, 2014

  • Two Wrongs Still Don’t Make a Right: AAUP, NCAC Slam Maryland Anti-Boycott Bill, March 6, 2014

  • FIRE Files Brief With Supreme Court in ‘Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus’, March 4, 2014

  • Ignoring Academic Freedom, South Carolina Legislators Aim to Punish Public Colleges for Choice of Books, February 21, 2014

  • Angry over ‘Sex Week,’ Legislators in Tennessee Attempt to Bar Outside Speakers from Campus, February 21, 2014

  • SUNY Oswego Paper to Student Body: ‘Test Free Speech on Campus’, February 14, 2014

  • Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: ASA Boycott and NY State Legislature Both Threaten Academic Freedom, February 3, 2014

  • Articles

  • The Huffington Post, May 14, 2013, From Lolita to Louis CK, Feds Ban Sex Speech on Campus

  • The Huffington Post, March 13, 2013, Harvard or Big Brother? Secret Email Search Provokes Outrage

  • The Huffington Post, February 19, 2013, Censorship 1, Fun 0: U of Alabama Frosh Ticketed for Harlem Shake Video Shoot

  • The Huffington Post, November 29, 2012, Why Banning Offensive Speech on Campus Fails (VIDEO)

  • The Huffington Post, November 14, 2012, Journalism Student Suspended for Offending Hockey Coaches

  • The Huffington Post, October 5, 2012, Hey, Colleges: Stop Censoring Political Speech!

  • PBS MediaShift, August 6, 2012, Why Students Need a Guide to Free Speech on Campus More Than Ever

  • The Huffington Post, July 19, 2012, Students: Know Your Rights! Download Our New Free Speech Guide

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2011, Why the Tyler Clementi Act Threatens Free Speech on Campuses

  • The Providence Journal, September 23, 2009, William Creeley: Yale’s cowardice erodes free speech