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 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 Philadelphia with his wife and son.


  • Answering a call for speech codes from The Washington Post, May 12, 2017

  • Following violent protest, Middlebury begins issuing sanctions, May 5, 2017

  • After the Smoke Clears at Berkeley, Could More Have Been Done?, February 4, 2017

  • In Maryland and California, University Leaders Set Example with Commitments to Free Speech, January 27, 2017

  • Joined by Cato and NAS, FIRE Files Brief in Support of Student Compelled to Lobby State Lawmakers, December 30, 2016

  • Student Press Law Center: Another Semester, Another Rash of Newspaper Theft, December 9, 2016

  • Now Accepting Applications for FIRE’s Summer 2017 Legal Internship, November 28, 2016

  • Reviewing PEN America’s Campus Free Speech Report, October 20, 2016

  • OCR Finds Unfair Disciplinary Process for Accused Student Violates Title IX, October 13, 2016

  • FIRE’s Sevcenko in ‘St. Louis Post-Dispatch’: Mizzou Should Streamline Speech Policy Draft, September 29, 2016

  • 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

  • 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)

  • The Huffington Post, November 14, 2012, Journalism Student Suspended for Offending Hockey Coaches