Will Creeley

About Will Creeley

Will began defending student and faculty rights for FIRE in 2006 after graduating from New York University School of Law, where he served as an associate executive editor for the New York University Law Review. Will has appeared on national cable television and radio on behalf of FIRE and has spoken to students, faculty, administrators, and attorneys at events across the country. Will’s writing has been published by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jurist, Inside Higher Ed, Daily Journal, the Charleston Law Review, and many other outlets. Will edited the second edition of FIRE’s Guide to Due Process and Campus Justice, co-edited the second edition of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus, and has coauthored amicus curiae briefs submitted to a number of courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. Will has taught FIRE’s Continuing Legal Education programs in New York, Pennsylvania, and online. A member of the New York State Bar and the First Amendment Lawyers Association, Will serves as Co-Chair of the Education Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Will graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2003. A proud native of Buffalo, New York, Will now lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.


  • Remembering Robert O’Neil, October 3, 2018

  • Fighting a faculty gag order at NY’s Nassau Community College, September 28, 2018

  • FIRE takes on faculty gag orders, September 19, 2018

  • New federal anti-Semitism act, same First Amendment problem, May 29, 2018

  • Columbia to cover cost of controversial speakers, February 2, 2018

  • Federal district court rules against fired LSU professor Teresa Buchanan, January 11, 2018

  • Now accepting applications for FIRE’s Summer 2018 Legal Internship Program, November 27, 2017

  • University of Oregon president pens powerful reflection on being shouted down, November 1, 2017

  • Public colleges, the cancellation of white nationalist events, and the First Amendment, August 16, 2017

  • Best of Newsdesk: “Where’s FIRE!?” On the case, as always, August 7, 2017

  • Articles

  • The Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2016, How the Sex-Harassment Cops Became Speech Police

  • The Washington Post, September 25, 2015, Restoring Free Speech on Campus

  • The Huffington Post, January 15, 2015, Vague Professional Codes Threaten Student Speech Rights

  • The Huffington Post, November 25, 2014, Professors’ Rights to Free Speech at Risk Nationwide

  • Los Angeles Register, July 8, 2014, On Free Speech, Citrus College a Slow Learner

  • TheSpectrum.com, September 25, 2013, DSU teaches wrong lesson on free speech

  • The Huffington Post, May 14, 2013, From Lolita to Louis CK, Feds Ban Sex Speech on Campus

  • The Huffington Post, March 13, 2013, Harvard or Big Brother? Secret Email Search Provokes Outrage

  • The Huffington Post, February 19, 2013, Censorship 1, Fun 0: U of Alabama Frosh Ticketed for Harlem Shake Video Shoot

  • The Huffington Post, November 29, 2012, Why Banning Offensive Speech on Campus Fails (VIDEO)