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.
As an undergraduate, Robert served as the managing editor of the Duke Review newspaper, which frequently decried (and faced) administrative censorship and bias. Indeed, the newspaper was so disfavored by the Duke administration that it alone was not permitted in the bins provided for all other Duke undergraduate publications. This experience (which occurred before FIRE was founded) led him after law school to a career defending the rights of college and university students and faculty members.
Robert is FIRE’s second longest serving employee, having started in 2003 as a program officer for what would become the Individual Rights Defense Program. As executive director, along with traveling to various campuses to speak about First Amendment issues, Robert has represented FIRE publicly on “Fox and Friends” and “Stossel,” as well as on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” in national and international radio and TV interviews, and in published editorials in USA Today the New York Post, Boston Globe, National Review, Providence Journal, Daily Oklahoman, and other newspapers. Robert and his wife Araz live in Apex, North Carolina, with their two daughters, Grace and Cecily.
- “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.