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.


  • City of Troy stonewalls over police department’s relationship with RPI, October 1, 2018

  • University of Southern California bars student journalists from recording public forum about “transparent” search for new president [UPDATED], September 14, 2018

  • Texas A&M: Our secret list of naughty words you can’t say on our Facebook page doesn’t offend the First Amendment, August 23, 2018

  • Warhol Foundation calls for University of Kansas to restore flag art installation to original location, July 24, 2018

  • New York State Senate passes bill targeting student groups who ‘indirectly’ encourage ‘hate speech’ or boycotts of U.S. allies — for third time, June 21, 2018

  • Federal court moots students’ First Amendment suit against Georgia Gwinnett College, June 18, 2018

  • Texas joins Arizona in declining to enforce laws mandating no-boycott promises from campus speakers, June 5, 2018

  • Coalition of civil liberties organizations to Fresno State: First Amendment doesn’t have a ‘disrespectful’ exception, April 19, 2018

  • Fresno State University won’t — and cannot — punish professor for Barbara Bush tweets, April 18, 2018

  • Professor fired for defending Black Lives Matter on Fox News files lawsuit, April 10, 2018

  • Articles

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