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.


  • Diverse Groups Sponsor University of Maryland Free Speech Rally, November 2, 2016

  • Free Speech Conference at Mizzou Provides Forum for Valuable Discussion of Safe Spaces, September 20, 2016

  • BACK TO SCHOOL: Is Your School Censoring Your Speech? Think About Making a Federal Case Out of It., September 2, 2016

  • Only 40 Days to Go Until Constitution Day 2016!, August 8, 2016

  • Best of ‘The Torch’: From the Archives: The Fight for Freedom of Speech at UC Berkeley Helps Spark the Social Revolution of the 1960s, August 5, 2016

  • Whittier Law Professor Instructs Students on the Dangers of Censorship, July 13, 2016

  • Stand Up For Speech Is Looking for an Attorney to Join the Team, July 11, 2016

  • FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project Turns Two, July 1, 2016

  • Mizzou’s Control Over Its Trademarks Does Not Extend to Control Over Student Speech, June 15, 2016

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

  • Articles

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 29, 2016, Mizzou’s Proposed Free Speech Policy is Constitutional but Confusing

  • 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