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.


  • Good News for the Student Press at University of Wisconsin-Stout, October 29, 2014

  • Cal State’s Mass Derecognition of Christian Student Groups Draws Criticism from FIRE Chairman, Board Member, September 19, 2014

  • ‘SF Chronicle’ Columnist Latest to Voice Opposition to California’s SB 967, September 12, 2014

  • Citrus College Suspends Enforcement of Challenged Policies as Lawsuit Proceeds, September 11, 2014

  • MIT Grad Student Raises Concerns About Broad New Hazing Policy, September 5, 2014

  • A Year Later, Impact of Feds’ ‘Blueprint’ Comes into Focus, August 28, 2014

  • Reviewing the Senate Subcommittee’s Report on Campus Sexual Assault Policies, July 14, 2014

  • FIRE’s Sevcenko on Iowa State Lawsuit for ‘Huffington Post’, July 10, 2014

  • FIRE’s Shibley in ‘Washington Post’: Lawsuits ‘About to Become a Lot More Common’, July 2, 2014

  • For Campus Sexual Assault, Slate’s Bazelon Calls for Expulsion—and ‘Clear and Convincing’, June 13, 2014

  • Articles

  • Los Angeles Register, July 8, 2014, On Free Speech, Citrus College a Slow Learner

  • TheSpectrum.com, September 25, 2013, DSU teaches wrong lesson on free speech

  • 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