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.

Contact

Foundation for Individual
Rights in Education

thefire.org

Greg Lukianoff
President
215-717-3473
greg_lukianoff@thefire.org

Robert Shibley
Senior Vice President
215-717-3473
robert@thefire.org

Stand Up For Speech

standupforspeech.com 

Will Creeley
Director of Legal and Public Advocacy
215-717-3473
will@thefire.org

Catherine Sevcenko
Litigation Coordinator
215-717-3473
catherine@thefire.org