Adam Steinbaugh

Director, Individual Rights Defense Program

Adam Steinbaugh is an attorney and cum laude graduate of Loyola Law
School in Los Angeles. During law school, he served as an assistant to Professor Aaron Caplan, researching the First Amendment issues involved in the use of restraining orders to enjoin civil harassment, and externed for a justice of California’s Second District Court of Appeal. Following law school, Adam practiced entertainment-focused civil litigation in California and wrote for a variety of outlets on matters involving the First Amendment and the Internet.

Adam leads FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, a team of attorneys
and advocates who defend the constitutional rights and civil liberties of
students and faculty members across the United States and across the
ideological spectrum.

Adam is a member of the California and Pennsylvania state bars, admitted
to the Federal District Courts for the Central District of California, Northern
District of California, and District of Colorado. Adam is also a member of
the First Amendment Lawyers Association.


Published Writings


Available Speeches

  • When to Pull the FIRE Alarm (Free Speech, the FIrst Amendment, and How FIRE Can Help):  A brief overview of the First Amendment and freedom of expression in higher education and how FIRE can help those whose rights are threatened.
  • Excepting the Unacceptable (Or: What to Except When You’re Excepting): Discussing the categorical exceptions to the First Amendment as viewed through the lens of FIRE cases.
  • The First Amendment in Cyberspace: How the First Amendment applies to social media and higher education.