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.


  • In Open Letter, Professors Criticize Department of Education’s Overreach, May 19, 2016

  • Disappointing Student Speech Ruling from Ninth Circuit Threatens Student Journalism, April 18, 2016

  • Call for Applications: Justice Robert H. Jackson Legal Fellowship, March 28, 2016

  • Take Two: University of California System to Consider New ‘Principles Against Intolerance’, March 17, 2016

  • UCLA Law Professor Criticizes School’s New Mandatory ‘Sexual Harassment’ Reporting, March 3, 2016

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation Reminds Department of Education: First Amendment Protects Anonymous Speech, and for Good Reason, January 19, 2016

  • ‘Single Investigator’ at UCLA Means Hearings Available Only on Appeal, January 13, 2016

  • Todd Gitlin on ‘Hate Speech,’ ‘Safe Spaces,’ and Student Protests, January 6, 2016

  • After Investigating Professor for “Sexist Comments,” Marywood University Links Title IX with University “Values”, October 28, 2015

  • University of Minnesota Student Leads Charge for Chicago Principles, September 18, 2015

  • 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