About Brynne Madway

Brynne graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in sociology in 2009. After graduating from GW, Brynne worked for the National Fair Housing Alliance before returning to GW and earning her JD in 2013. While in law school, Brynne served as a co-president of Lambda Law and as the president of the GW Law Feminist Forum. She was also a notes editor for the George Washington International Law Review. Brynne joined FIRE in 2016 after working as a litigation associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

As an Associate Attorney in the Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, Brynne helps to challenge unconstitutional speech codes at colleges and universities throughout the country. Brynne’s been a vocal advocate for free speech since grade school and has wanted to help protect others’ free speech rights since she participated in the Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition while in law school. Brynne is barred in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In her spare time, Brynne enjoys playing a variety of RPGs, needlepointing, and knitting, when her cats, Hydra and Toothless, do not demand her attention.


  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute thinks you’re subject to its student conduct policy even if you’re not a student, November 21, 2017

  • Organization’s twin free speech wins prove that censorship has a cost, November 10, 2017

  • Fencing in free speech at Los Angeles Pierce College (VIDEO), October 30, 2017

  • FIRE victory stands: Eighth Circuit denies Iowa State University’s request for rehearing, August 9, 2017

  • Administrators take heed: Don’t let others do your dirty work for you, June 13, 2017

  • ADF, FIRE to Bunker Hill Community College: Remember the First Amendment?, May 30, 2017

  • Due process legal update: a victory for due process in Indiana, May 18, 2017

  • Court: Timing of protest can have “irreplaceable First Amendment value”, March 10, 2017

  • FIRE on the road: Fun, games, and a ‘badass free speech warrior’ in Chicago, February 21, 2017

  • ‘Stand Up For Speech’ Litigation Update: University of South Carolina, February 9, 2017