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This morning, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to advocate for draconian punishment for burning the American flag: It’s not clear what, exactly, motivated Trump’s pre-dawn declaration, but The Washington Post hazards a guess, one which has been echoed by others: Trump did not say what inspired his proposal, but it comes just days after... Read more Read more


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Get your résumés polished and your writing samples ready! FIRE is now accepting applications for our 2017 Legal Internship. FIRE’s Legal Internship Program invites rising 2L and 3L law students to spend the summer here in Philadelphia working with FIRE attorneys in defense of civil liberties on campuses nationwide. Legal interns will perform vital research... Read more Read more


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Today is Cyber Monday—the day to score the best online deals from thousands of your favorite retailers. Whether you’re getting a jumpstart on your holiday shopping or treating yourself to something special, you can simultaneously support FIRE’s work by using AmazonSmile when you shop for any product available through Amazon.com. And it couldn’t be easier:... Read more Read more


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This year, through our defense, policy, legislative, and litigation efforts, FIRE has successfully defended the free speech and due process rights of more than 920,000 students and faculty. We won speech code victories at 29 institutions, welcomed five more schools to our esteemed “green light” list in our Spotlight Speech Codes Database, and grew our FIRE... Read more Read more


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This week, Rutgers University suspended adjunct professor Kevin Allred, apparently over tweets and statements concerning the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Allred’s suspension came several days after he was detained by law enforcement and quickly released following a psychiatric evaluation. Allred’s tweets, while hyperbolic, do not rise to the level of a “true threat” unprotected... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, conservative group Turning Point USA (TPUSA) launched a website, Professor Watchlist, “to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” Visitors, the website states, may use the Watchlist to “see if any of [their] professors have records of opposing freedom of speech... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s Samantha Harris penned an op-ed for the New York Daily News, published online last night, that explores the growing number of cases in which universities punish student athletes for engaging in constitutionally protected speech. While recognizing that “student athletes agree to increased regulation of their lives in exchange for the ability to represent their... Read more Read more


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For the past few months, we’ve been covering the statements campus leaders make about free speech at their colleges or universities. In the weeks following this month’s presidential election, campus leaders have addressed their students’ reactions to the results in various ways—some “good,” and others “bad” for freedom of expression. The Good Central Washington University... Read more Read more


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This week, we’ve been highlighting the features currently available on FIRE’s new First Amendment Library. Today, as one of the staffers working to build this resource, I’d like to tell you about the future of the library and the content we are currently working to provide. First and foremost, we are diligently expanding upon the... Read more Read more


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All week, we’ve been telling you about FIRE’s recently launched First Amendment Library and its unique features. Today, we’re highlighting the library’s crown jewel: our First Amendment Case Database. A free, online database of more than 900 Supreme Court cases, this ever-growing reference is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to know more about First... Read more Read more



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