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.


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

  • WMU Can’t Spin Away the Facts: It Has to Pay Damages and Reform Its Speech Codes, May 6, 2015

  • Stand Up For Speech Is Hiring!, April 29, 2015

  • Chicago State Plaintiffs Show Court What Chilled Speech Looks Like, April 24, 2015

  • Two Reasons Why Cal Poly Pomona Lawsuit Is Different, April 10, 2015

  • Supreme Court Considers Texas License Plate Case That Could Threaten Free Speech on Campus, March 24, 2015

  • ‘Huffington Post’ Interview Suggests President Obama Needs to Remember Con Law, March 23, 2015

  • Citing ‘Stand Up For Speech’ Cases, FIRE Urges Supreme Court Not to Expand ‘Government Speech’ Doctrine, February 18, 2015

  • Chicago State’s Attempt to Stop Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit Fails, January 15, 2015

  • Brandeis President Acknowledges But Fails to Uphold First Amendment Principles, January 6, 2015