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.


  • Faculty Senate Censures LSU President for Firing Tenured Professor, October 8, 2015

  • Dear Universities, If You’re Embarrassed to Enforce Your Free Speech Zone on Camera, Why Have It at All?, September 28, 2015

  • FIRE Celebrates Constitution Day 2015, September 17, 2015

  • Purdue’s Dean Supports Free Speech Without Ifs, Ands, or Buts, September 4, 2015

  • AAUP Censures Louisiana State Over Buchanan Case, Prompting LSU to Play Dirty, September 3, 2015

  • Rutgers Fixes Its Webpage But Not Its Understanding of Free Speech, August 26, 2015

  • Cal Poly Admin Says Suit Could Have Been Avoided If Student Had Only Met with Her First—But He Did, August 17, 2015

  • Supreme Court Takes a ‘Large and Painful Bite’ Out of the First Amendment, June 19, 2015

  • WMU Has Now Posted Its New Policies Where Students Can Find Them, June 16, 2015

  • WMU Sacrifices Students’ First Amendment Rights to Keep Settlement Agreement Secret, June 12, 2015