Shelby Emmett

About Shelby Emmett

Shelby Emmett graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 2006 with a dual-major in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Social Relations & Policy. Shelby attended the David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C., where she participated in the school’s Legislative Clinic. After law school, Shelby served as the Policy Coordinator for a national non-profit in Baltimore. In 2012, Shelby was the Legislative Fellow with the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus in the House of Representatives. During the 113th session of Congress, Shelby served as Legislative Counsel for Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11), responsible for a broad legislative portfolio including education and civil rights. Shelby, a native of Detroit, Michigan is an attorney licensed in the state of Maryland and lives in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, Shelby teaches kickboxing and enjoys traveling and writing poetry.


  • FIRE a Topic of Conversation at Georgetown Law Center’s Conference on Sexual Assault and Academic Freedom on College Campuses, October 24, 2016

  • FIRE Goes to Capitol Hill, September 14, 2016

  • FIRE Connects with Policymakers at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit, August 17, 2016

  • At Newseum Summit, Students Talked about Free Speech—and We Listened, July 20, 2016

  • Connecticut Affirmatively Consents to Overregulate College Students’ Sex Lives, June 22, 2016

  • ‘The Detroit News’ Editorial: Preserve Due Process in Campus Sex Assault Cases, May 20, 2016

  • Arizona Governor Signs Bills Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses, May 17, 2016

  • House Judiciary Committee Sends Follow-Up Letter to Unresponsive ‘Red Light’ Public Colleges and Universities, February 15, 2016

  • FIRE Testifies in Support of Free Expression Bill at New Hampshire State Legislature, February 4, 2016

  • New Hampshire Legislators Introduce Two Bills to Protect Student and Faculty Speech, December 21, 2015