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.


  • Tensions rise at Temple after professor’s controversial comments, December 5, 2018

  • University of North Alabama censured over treatment of student newspaper adviser; unwritten media ‘protocol’ earns written letter from FIRE, November 27, 2018

  • As Los Angeles City Council demands cancellation of Students for Justice in Palestine conference, UCLA backs down on spurious trademark threat, November 8, 2018

  • California State University, Bakersfield suspends policy on ‘politically related’ postings after rejecting ballot proposition flyers, November 5, 2018

  • UCLA Chancellor counters calls to cancel SJP convention, but trouble on the horizon, November 2, 2018

  • Nine years later, UCLA complains — again — about online critic, November 2, 2018

  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh withdraws from attempt to impose prior restraint on its former student journalist, October 29, 2018

  • Wisconsin DOJ asks court for prior restraint following then-student journalist’s public records request, October 23, 2018

  • 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

  • Articles

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