Catherine Sevcenko

About Catherine Sevcenko

Catherine Sevcenko graduated magna cum laude from George Mason School of Law after a career as a Foreign Service Officer. Postings in Budapest, Munich, and Moscow before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall gave her a deep appreciation for the power of free speech. After law school, Catherine clerked on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals before starting work as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLC. After leaving Steptoe, Catherine joined the appellate group at the U.S. Trustees Program at the Department of Justice. Most recently, she was interim Executive Director for the U.S. Chess Center, a non-profit in Washington, D.C. that teaches chess to children.


  • ‘Paternalistic Babysitters’ Begone! Dartmouth Students Call for Intellectual Independence, May 19, 2016

  • University of Minnesota Moves Closer to Adopting Powerful Free Speech Statement, May 3, 2016

  • Another Victory in Iowa State NORML Chapter’s Fight to Advocate for Marijuana Legalization, April 7, 2016

  • Free Speech Includes the Right Not Just to Speak But to Listen and Judge, March 15, 2016

  • Email Congress About Campus Censorship Today, March 3, 2016

  • National Coalition Against Censorship’s ‘15 Worst Threats To Free Speech’ List Includes Free Speech Zones, January 14, 2016

  • Cornell’s Decorating Rules: You Can Put Up Anything You Want As Long As It’s a Snowflake, December 16, 2015

  • Emory Students Demand Course Evaluations Include Rating for Microaggressions, December 11, 2015

  • ISU Student Government Votes Down Additional Free Speech Zone, December 8, 2015

  • ISU’s Attempt to Stifle Marijuana Legalization Student Group Scrutinized in Federal Court, November 20, 2015

  • Articles

  • The Post and Courier, March 19, 2016, USC has ‘No Limits’ — Except on Free Speech

  • The Express News, July 14, 2015, College Free Speech Zones Violate First Amendment

  • The Huffington Post, November 4, 2014, Censorship on Michigan’s College Campuses Must Stop

  • Iowa State Daily, October 28, 2014, Letter: Campus Free-Speech Zones Are A Right That Iowa State Cannot Restrict