For the Press

FIRE’s new Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project is a national effort to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes through targeted First Amendment lawsuits. By imposing a real cost for violating First Amendment rights, the Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project intends to reset the incentives that currently push colleges towards censoring student and faculty speech. Lawsuits will be filed against public colleges maintaining unconstitutional speech codes in each federal circuit. After each victory by ruling or settlement, FIRE will target another school in the same circuit—sending a message that unless public colleges obey the law, they will be sued.

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C. FIRE’s core mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, academic freedom, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE protects the unprotected and educates the public about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.


Foundation for Individual
Rights in Education

Greg Lukianoff

Robert Shibley
Senior Vice President

Stand Up For Speech 

Will Creeley
Director of Legal and Public Advocacy

Catherine Sevcenko
Litigation Coordinator