Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon

About Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon

A native of the Philadelphia area, Marieke graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2004. Marieke continued her studies at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2008.

After law school, Marieke clerked for the Honorable A. Richard Caputo in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania before joining the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania as a legal fellow in 2009. She later joined the Philadelphia firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis as a commercial litigation associate, where she continued to work on civil rights cases on a pro bono basis, focusing primarily on the First Amendment. Right before joining FIRE, she served as a Project Coordinator for the nonprofit Resources for Human Development, where she implemented projects addressing disability discrimination and health care reform. Outside the office, she loves to be around horses and volunteers for a therapeutic riding program.


  • FIRE lawsuit against Iowa State University administrators ends with nearly $1 million in damages and fees, March 23, 2018

  • FIRE staffers offer commentary on Jay Caspian Kang’s tweets regarding campus free speech, March 6, 2018

  • Teresa Buchanan appeals district court ruling on her termination from LSU, February 1, 2018

  • Queens College and CUNY commit to First Amendment reforms in lawsuit settlement, November 21, 2017

  • Lawsuit update: Federal court clears way to the courthouse for Chicago State University professors, October 5, 2017

  • Back-to-School: Need FIRE’s help? Sound the FIRE Alarm!, September 7, 2017

  • Best of Newsdesk: DOJ Opens Investigation into Northern Michigan University Self-Harm Policies, August 11, 2017

  • Eighth Circuit reaffirms victory at Iowa State: School still can’t censor pot legalization T-shirts, June 14, 2017

  • Grand Valley State University abolishes free speech zones in lawsuit settlement, March 6, 2017

  • DOJ Opens Investigation into Northern Michigan University Self-Harm Policies, December 21, 2016