FIRE’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of liberty.
The FIRE Legal Network is a nationwide group of attorneys to whom we refer cases when counsel is necessary and the matter at issue falls outside the scope of FIRE’s mission or ability to assist. The FIRE Legal Network does not require dues or other such commitments. Rather, membership in the Legal Network simply entails receiving referral emails about matters for potential assistance, monthly newsletters covering recent legal developments related to FIRE’s mission, and opportunities for networking conference calls.
When FIRE receives a case submission for which we think a Legal Network referral is appropriate, we will contact members whose interests and admissions align with that case submission. FIRE will then forward the contact information of members who express interest in the case to the student or faculty member in need of assistance. Of course, Legal Network members are under no obligation to accept a case referred to them for consideration.
The level of attorney involvement may range from litigation to a simple discussion with the affected student or faculty member. Some referrals involve requests for pro bono legal assistance; in others, the client may be able to pay for the legal services rendered. FIRE also partners with Legal Network members to challenge unconstitutional speech codes at campuses nationwide as part of our Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project.
If you are a practicing attorney interested in joining our Legal Network, please consider signing up below. Thank you for your willingness to defend student and faculty rights.