Will Creeley Staff PhotoDirector of Legal and Public Advocacy

William Creeley, FIRE’s director of legal and public advocacy, graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2003. As an undergraduate, William 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. William has coauthored amicus curiae briefs submitted to a number of courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. William has appeared on national cable television and radio on behalf of FIRE, and William’s writing has been published by the Chronicle of Higher EducationJuristInside Higher EdThe Huffington Post, MediaShiftDaily Journal, the Charleston Law Review, the Providence JournalThe Boston PhoenixFree InquiryThe Legal Satyricon, and others. William is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, and the Free Expression Network. A proud native of Buffalo, N.Y., William remains a Buffalo Bills season ticket holder and an ardent Buffalo Sabres supporter.


PUBLISHED WRITINGS


AVAILABLE SPEECHES

Free Speech 101: Protecting Free Expression and the First Amendment at our Nation’s Colleges and Universities


Campus Justice: The Importance of Due Process and Fundamental Fairness in College Proceedings


FIRE’s “Greatest Hits”: Learning from the Worst Abuses of Campus Rights


FACEBOOK VS. THE FIRST AMENDMENT: STUDENT SPEECH IN THE DIGITAL AGE


Student Speech Rights in Court: Case Law Primer and Update


Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies


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