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 spoken to students, faculty, administrators, and attorneys at events across the country and has led FIRE’s Continuing Legal Education programs in New York, Pennsylvania, and online. Will edited the second edition of FIRE'sGuide to Due Process and Campus Justice and co-edited the second edition of FIRE'sGuide to Free Speech on Campus. Will 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 appeared on national cable television and radio on behalf of FIRE, and Will's writing has been published by theChronicle of Higher Education, Jurist, Inside Higher Ed, Daily Journal, the Charleston Law Review, the Providence Journal, and many other outlets. Will is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar and the First Amendment Lawyers Association.


  • Look, Another Example of Students Demanding Intellectual Comfort, August 27, 2015

  • ‘NY Daily News’ to NY Colleges: Adopt U. of Chicago Statement on Free Speech, August 24, 2015

  • FIRE’s Majeed: 2015 Already a Good Year for Speech Code Reform, July 30, 2015

  • After ‘Barnes’ Settlement, Colleges Must Answer $900,000 Question, July 24, 2015

  • Quick Thoughts on Stand Up For Speech’s Successful First Year, July 1, 2015

  • Coalition Warns Crafton Hills College About Graphic Novel Disclaimer, June 30, 2015

  • State Department’s Anti-Semitism Definition Would Likely Violate First Amendment on Public Campuses, May 22, 2015

  • FIRE’s Prediction Proves True: This Year, Colleges ‘Play It Safe’ with Commencement Speakers, April 21, 2015

  • Another State Court Upholds a University’s Decision to Withhold Requested Faculty Records, April 17, 2015

  • Ithaca College’s Microaggressions Bill Labels Students ‘Oppressors’ for ‘Belittling’ Speech, March 26, 2015

  • Articles

  • 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

  • The Huffington Post, October 5, 2012, Hey, Colleges: Stop Censoring Political Speech!

  • PBS MediaShift, August 6, 2012, Why Students Need a Guide to Free Speech on Campus More Than Ever

  • The Huffington Post, July 19, 2012, Students: Know Your Rights! Download Our New Free Speech Guide

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2011, Why the Tyler Clementi Act Threatens Free Speech on Campuses

  • The Providence Journal, September 23, 2009, William Creeley: Yale’s cowardice erodes free speech