Vice President of Legal and Public Advocacy
Will began defending student and faculty rights for FIRE in 2006 after graduating from New York University School of Law, where he served as an associate executive editor for the New York University Law Review. Will has spoken to students, faculty, administrators, and attorneys at events across the country and has led FIRE’s Continuing Legal Education programs in New York, Pennsylvania, and online. Will edited the second edition of FIRE’sGuide to Due Process and Campus Justice and co-edited the second edition of FIRE’sGuide to Free Speech on Campus. Will has coauthored amicus curiae briefs submitted to a number of courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. Will has appeared on national cable television and radio on behalf of FIRE, and Will’s writing has been published by theChronicle of Higher Education, Jurist, Inside Higher Ed, Daily Journal, the Charleston Law Review, the Providence Journal, and many other outlets. Will is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar and the First Amendment Lawyers Association.
A proud native of Buffalo, N.Y., William now lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son.
- “Why Students Need a Guide to Free Speech on Campus More Than Ever,” PBS MediaShift, August 6, 2012
- “Why the Office for Civil Rights’ April ‘Dear Colleague Letter’ Was 2011’s Biggest FIRE Fight,” January 3, 2012
- “New Media, Old Principles: Digital Communication and Free Speech on Campus,” with Greg Lukianoff, Charleston Law Review, Volume 5, Spring 2011, Number 3, July 26, 2011
- “FIRE’s ‘One Trick’: Protecting Civil Liberties,” June 2, 2011
- “Is Campus Censorship the New Normal?,” with Greg Lukianoff, Free Inquiry, August 1, 2010
- “Yale’s cowardice erodes free speech,” The Providence Journal, September 23, 2009
- “Third Circuit delivers a victory for free speech on campus with DeJohn ruling,” Jurist, August 5, 2008