Adam Steinbaugh

About Adam Steinbaugh

A Colorado native, Adam moved westward, enrolling in Whittier College, where he served as student body president and was involved in Whittier’s local fraternal organizations. At Loyola Law School, he served as an assistant to Professor Aaron Caplan, researching the First Amendment issues involved in the use of restraining orders to enjoin civil harassment, and externed for the Honorable Jeffrey Johnson of California’s Second District Court of Appeal.

Following law school, Adam practiced entertainment-focused civil litigation in California and authored an eponymous blog, where he covered a wide range of topics involving the First Amendment and the Internet. He later joined Popehat, and his commentary on internet and free speech issues has been featured in The Guardian, ArsTechnica, Channel 4, the CBC, and various other outlets.


  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute doubles down on sidewalk censorship, March 15, 2018

  • Arizona’s anti-BDS statute lands Arizona State University in federal court, March 12, 2018

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute security officers block students from passing out literature on public sidewalk, claiming “eminent domain”, March 5, 2018

  • N.Y. Senate revives wildly unconstitutional bill barring funding of student organizations involved in ‘hate speech,’ ‘intolerance,’ or promotion of boycotts of Israel or U.S. allies, March 2, 2018

  • ACLU’s Lee Rowland discusses campus free speech “realities and myths”, February 26, 2018

  • Essex County College tells The Intercept its termination of Lisa Durden is being mischaracterized, January 26, 2018

  • After FIRE lawsuit, Essex County College finally turns over documents about firing of Black Lives Matter advocate, January 23, 2018

  • Fordham University faces judge, packed courtroom, as it dissembles to defend its refusal of recognition of Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, January 3, 2018

  • New York Civil Liberties Union questions Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s invocation of “non-existent” policies, December 28, 2017

  • Texas State University, asked to protect student newspaper’s First Amendment rights, offers muted response, December 22, 2017

  • Articles

  • The Roanoke Times, October 4, 2016, Steinbaugh: Should Speech-Restrictive Longwood University Host a Vice Presidential Debate? No