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.


  • University of Chicago President: ‘Questioning and Challenge Must Flourish’, August 26, 2016

  • Following ‘#AllLivesMatter’ Post, University of Houston Student Leader Punished by Student Government, August 2, 2016

  • Censored on Campus? FIRE Will Defend You, August 1, 2016

  • Civil Liberties Coalition Criticizes Proposed Student Privacy Model Legislation, July 11, 2016

  • Shock After Stanford Rapist’s Sentencing Draws Attention to Campus Sexual Assault, June 10, 2016

  • Harvard Faculty and Former President Oppose University’s Threat of Sanctions for Independent Club Members, May 25, 2016

  • 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

  • Articles

  • 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