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.


  • Fordham University sued over rejection of Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, April 26, 2017

  • Berkeley sued over Ann Coulter cancellation, April 24, 2017

  • University of South Alabama backs down after ordering student to remove pro-Trump sign, April 13, 2017

  • At the University of Minnesota, reports of ‘bias’ often include political speech, April 10, 2017

  • Records reveal North Dakota State University’s responses to reports of ‘bias’, March 30, 2017

  • Torn down ‘Report Illegal Aliens’ posters at Gustavus Adolphus College turn out to be art installation criticizing anti-immigrant attitudes, March 23, 2017

  • Sinclair Community College administrators threatened to void student election over food stamps platform, March 13, 2017

  • Arkansas state legislators seek to eliminate Arkansas Tech Department of Diversity and Inclusion over student ‘Sex on the Lawn’ event, March 10, 2017

  • New York State Senate again votes to bar funding to student organizations involved in ‘hate speech,’ ‘intolerance,’ or promotion of boycotts of Israel or U.S. allies, March 8, 2017

  • Minnesota bill targeting boycotts of Israel risks chilling campus speech, March 2, 2017

  • Articles

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