Robert L. Shibley, FIRE’s executive director, is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law. He is the author of Twisting Title IX, from Encounter Books. Robert’s experience serving as the managing editor of a college newspaper that frequently decried (and faced) censorship and bias led him to a career defending the rights of college and university students and faculty members. Since starting at FIRE in 2003, Robert has aided students and faculty members at hundreds of colleges and universities.
Along with traveling to various campuses to speak about First Amendment issues, Robert has represented FIRE on The O’Reilly Factor, CNN Tonight, Stossel, Fox and Friends, and Lou Dobbs Tonight, in national and international radio and TV interviews, and in op-eds in USA Today, The Washington Post, and TIME, as well as the New York Post, Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Reason, National Review, and many other newspapers and magazines. He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Robert and his family live in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, home to the Duke Blue Devils and several other, lesser intercollegiate athletic teams.
- “Why Eric Posner is wrong about free speech,” The Daily Caller, September 26, 2012
- “U of Central Florida punishes student, then rips off his idea,” The Daily Caller, August 8, 2012
- “The Fallout from Christian Legal Society,” National Review Online, February 6, 2012
- “Why no one should be silenced on campus,” Boston.com, April 9, 2009
LIBERTY IN PERIL: SPEECH CODES ON OUR NATION’S CAMPUSES
Robert discusses the widespread disregard for free speech on our nation’s campuses using both humorous and serious examples of speech that universities have banned and continue to ban on their campuses. Robert explains in layman’s terms why speech codes are unconstitutional and how students can fight back and demand their rights.
THE CRISIS OF DUE PROCESS ON TODAY’S COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Due process means getting a fair hearing when you are accused of committing an offense. But on too many campuses, colleges have shown little interest in ensuring that those accused even of serious crimes get a fair hearing. And worse yet, the federal government is adding to the problem. Robert explains and discusses the importance of due process on campus and why it should matter to students.