Director of Litigation
Catherine Sevcenko, FIRE’s associate director of litigation, graduated magna cum laude from George Mason School of Law after a career as a Foreign Service Officer. Postings in Budapest, Munich, and Moscow before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall gave her a deep appreciation for the power of free speech. After law school, Catherine clerked on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals before starting work as a litigation associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLC. After leaving Steptoe, Catherine joined the appellate group at the U.S. Trustees Program at the Department of Justice, where she successfully argued cases in the Fourth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit (as amicus). Catherine was interim Executive Director for a non-profit in Washington, D.C. before joining FIRE.
Catherine is a member of good standing of the District of Columbia Bar and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association and spoke at its summer 2014 meeting. Catherine has taught appellate writing at George Mason School of Law for several years. She lives outside of Washington D.C. with her husband and two children, one of whom graduated from a green light school. She also raises African Pied Crows and is licensed to rehabilitate wild birds.
- “Police May Have Mishandled Rape Allegation Against Heisman Winner Jameis Winston — But Did Florida State?,” Forbes.com,January 31, 2013
- “The Great School Purge,” Reason.com March 10, 2013
- “Iowa Students Stand Up Against Censorship of Marijuana Legalization”, Huffington Post, July 9, 2014
- “From the Archives: The Fight for Freedom of Speech at UC Berkeley Helps Spark the Social Revolution of the 1960s,” August 29, 2012