Adam Steinbaugh

About Adam Steinbaugh

Adam Steinbaugh is an attorney, graduating cum laude from Loyola Law School in 2012. 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. During 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. Adam is a member of the California State Bar.

Following law school, Adam practiced entertainment-focused civil litigation 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.


  • 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

  • Longwood University: Our Bias Incident Policy Is Limited to Conduct (It’s Not) and No Bias Issues Have Been Reported (They Have), February 14, 2017

  • Bias Response Teams and the Distinction Between Protected and Unprotected Speech, February 8, 2017

  • Babson College Finds Students Not Responsible for Harassment in Post-Election Speech Case, December 19, 2016

  • President-Elect Trump Advocates Prison or Loss of Citizenship for Burning the American Flag, November 29, 2016

  • Rutgers Professor Detained and Suspended Following Post-Election Tweets and Comments, November 22, 2016

  • Articles

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