Will Creeley

About Will Creeley

William 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. William 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. William 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. William has appeared on national cable television and radio on behalf of FIRE, and William’s writing has been published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jurist, Inside Higher Ed, Daily Journal, the Charleston Law Review, the Providence Journal, and other outlets. William is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar and the First Amendment Lawyers Association.

A proud native of Buffalo, N.Y., William now lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son.


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

  • Questions Raised as UNC Board of Governors Considers Vote to Shut Down Academic Centers [UPDATED], February 27, 2015

  • Kaminer: Students Seeking Censorship Might ‘Feel Right at Home in North Korea’, December 23, 2014

  • Apply Today for FIRE’s Legal Internship!, December 18, 2014

  • Judge’s Order Stops University of Kansas From Releasing Lecturer’s Emails, December 12, 2014

  • Good News for the Student Press at University of Wisconsin-Stout, October 29, 2014

  • Cal State’s Mass Derecognition of Christian Student Groups Draws Criticism from FIRE Chairman, Board Member, September 19, 2014

  • ‘SF Chronicle’ Columnist Latest to Voice Opposition to California’s SB 967, September 12, 2014

  • Citrus College Suspends Enforcement of Challenged Policies as Lawsuit Proceeds, September 11, 2014

  • MIT Grad Student Raises Concerns About Broad New Hazing Policy, September 5, 2014

  • 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

  • September 11, 2009, New Campus Gossip Sites Resuscitate Controversy