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.


  • Judge Says Basketball Star Dez Wells’ Suit Against Xavier U. Will Proceed, March 13, 2014

  • Professors Cornel West and Robert George Advocate for the Power of Marketplace of Ideas, February 17, 2014

  • ‘Unlearning Liberty’ Again, This Time by Self-Censorship at ‘The Daily Targum’, February 13, 2014

  • FIRE’s Sevcenko: A Closer Look at the Winston Case, January 31, 2014

  • Honor Dr. King by Fighting for Free Speech on Your Campus, January 20, 2014

  • Yale Unlearns Free Expression, January 17, 2014

  • George Mason University President: Unfettered Dialogue Empowers Students, December 19, 2013

  • Shibley and Lukianoff: ‘Why Speech Codes Endure’, November 27, 2013

  • University of Georgia Student Paper Reports on School’s ‘Yellow Light’ Rating, November 15, 2013

  • UC Riverside Student Government Resolves to Reform Free Speech Policy; FIRE to Help, November 7, 2013