Register for FIRE’s Student Summer Conference

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FIRE Student Network Summer Conference

Our biggest and most popular event is back!

As an attendee, you will:

Forge connections and network with peers.

Ignite your rights.

Reform campus policies to respect your civil liberties.

Engage with FIRE staff and fellow student-advocates.

What are the details?

The FSN Summer Conference will take place at the Franklin Institute and National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 15–17, 2022. The conference will kick off on Friday evening and end Sunday afternoon.

We welcome current students at U.S. colleges and universities, including graduate students and incoming freshmen.

What’s included?

Meals will be provided for all attendees. FIRE will also reimburse up to $500 for travel and lodging costs. Students must attend the entirety of the conference to be eligible for a travel reimbursement.

Event Keynotes

Lara Bazelon

Lara Bazelon
Lara Bazelon is a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law where she directs the criminal and racial justice clinics and holds the Barnett Chair in Trial Advocacy. She is the author of three books, most recently, Ambitious Like a Mother: Why Prioritizing Your Career is Good for Your Kids, which was published early this year. Her op-eds, essays, and long form journalism have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Magazine, and Slate among other media outlets.

David Lat

David Lat
David Lat is a lawyer turned writer. He publishes Original Jurisdiction, a newsletter on Substack about law and legal affairs, and he writes for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Prior to launching Original Jurisdiction, David founded Above the Law, one of the nation’s most widely read legal news websites, and Underneath Their Robes, a popular blog about federal judges that he wrote under a pseudonym. He is also the author of a novel set in the world of the federal courts, Supreme Ambitions.

Before entering the media world, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

What people are saying

“The most valuable part was meeting other students who are facing similar backlash against free speech and due process but who are keeping the fight for those values. Those interactions turned into friendships and connections.”

It was great to see…people getting along, talking and laughing together, asking each other questions, agreeing on middle ground even for those emotionally polarizing issues, and ultimately listening to and learning from each others’ perspectives. The students at the conference, and everyone at FIRE, seem like a model for the kind of humble, nuanced, open-mindedness that I think is incredibly necessary in politics—and everywhere..”

I would highly recommend FIRE events such as this to anyone who wishes to advance an understanding of first amendment law and free speech culture.”

Ready to speak out on campus? This is your chance to learn how to ignite your rights. Apply today!