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.


  • FIRE’s Sevcenko: A Closer Look at 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

  • Al Jazeera America Series on Campus Sexual Assault Highlights All Victims of the Broken University Disciplinary System, November 1, 2013

  • A Second Voice at Modesto Junior College Speaks Up for the First Amendment, October 30, 2013

  • Boston College Students Experience the Benefits of True Civil Debate, October 7, 2013