Senior Vice President

Robert L. Shibley, FIRE’s senior vice president, is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law.

As an undergraduate, Robert served as the managing editor of the Duke Review newspaper, which frequently decried (and faced) administrative censorship and bias. Indeed, the newspaper was so disfavored by the Duke administration that it alone was not permitted in the bins provided for all other Duke undergraduate publications. This experience (which occurred before FIRE was founded) led him after law school to a career defending the rights of college and university students and faculty members.

Robert is FIRE’s second longest serving employee, having started in 2003 as a program officer for what would become the Individual Rights Defense Program. As senior vice president, along with traveling to various campuses to speak about First Amendment issues, Robert has represented FIRE publicly on “Fox and Friends” and “Stossel,” as well as on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” in national and international radio and TV interviews, and in published editorials in the New York Post, Boston GlobeNational Review, Providence JournalDaily Oklahoman, and other newspapers. He also writes columns for The Daily CallerForbes.com, and Pajamas Media. Robert and his wife Araz live in Apex, North Carolina, with their two daughters, Grace and Cecily.


PUBLISHED WRITINGS


AVAILABLE SPEECHES

LIBERTY IN PERIL: SPEECH CODES ON OUR NATION’S CAMPUSES

Robert discusses the widespread disregard for free speech on our nation’s campuses using both humorous and serious examples of speech that universities have banned and continue to ban on their campuses. Robert explains in layman’s terms why speech codes are unconstitutional and how students can fight back and demand their rights.

THE CRISIS OF DUE PROCESS ON TODAY’S COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Due process means getting a fair hearing when you are accused of committing an offense. But on too many campuses, colleges have shown little interest in ensuring that those accused even of serious crimes get a fair hearing. And worse yet, the federal government is adding to the problem. Robert explains and discusses the importance of due process on campus and why it should matter to students.


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