Litigation: FIRE in the Courts

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Collin Community College District: History Professor Fired for Talking About History, Criticizing the College’s COVID-19 Response

Michael Phillips is an award-winning history professor at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. As an expert on the history of race relations, Phillips spoke out in the media advocating for removing Confederate monuments in Dallas. Two years later, he granted a media interview about a racially motivated shooting in El Paso by a former Collin College student. Collin College administrators disciplined Phillips because his comments to the press made the College “look bad” and violated a directive by the president forbidding faculty from speaking about the shooting. Read more.

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“Do no harm” is the foundational principle of medical ethics, but a public medical school is harming its students by attempting to sterilize their opinions. Read more

Free Speech

Nally v. Graham Complaint In the fall of 2020, student journalist Jared Nally drew the ire of Haskell Indian Nations University President Ronald Graham. After Nally’s reporting criticized Haskell, Graham issued a “Directive” forbidding Nally from engaging in standard newsgathering activities like recording interviews or asking questions of public officials. Graham’s Directive threatened Nally with... Read more Read more


Diei v. UTHSC – Complaint Kimberly Diei is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. She has twice been investigated by her program’s Professional Conduct Committee because of allegations that her personal social media activity was too “crude,” “vulgar,” and “sexual.” Diei enjoys commenting on topics of... Read more Read more


FIRE filed an amicus brief last week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case of Noriana Radwan. Read more

Free Speech

In February 2019, Jones County Junior College student Mike Brown and a friend went to campus to recruit members for his student group, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). They set up a “free speech ball” (an oversized inflatable beach ball) and invited passing students to write messages of their choice on the ball, talking to... Read more Read more