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.


  • ISU Gets a Lesson in the Difference Between Trademark Law and the First Amendment, September 25, 2014

  • Constitution Day 2014: What a Difference a Year Makes, September 18, 2014

  • Modesto Junior College’s Lawyer: Colleges, Dump Your Speech Codes, August 22, 2014

  • Letter to the Editor: Alumnus Says Iowa State University ‘Will Lose’ Case, July 24, 2014

  • Australian Plan to Rate Social Media Posts Offends First Amendment Principles, July 18, 2014

  • New FIRE Video: Don’t Shut Up—Stand Up For Speech!, July 8, 2014

  • This Fourth of July, Students and Faculty Are ‘Retracing the Steps to Free Speech’, July 4, 2014

  • Where There’s Smoke, There’s FIRE: Two More Allegations of Rights Violations at Hawaii-Hilo, May 2, 2014

  • Speech Code at Modesto Junior College Fixed. Who’s Next?, March 17, 2014

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