Associate Director of Litigation at Foundation for Individual Rights in Education


Washington, D.C.


Catherine Sevcenko, the Associate Director of litigation at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), 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 has taught appellate writing at George Mason School of Law for several years.

Twitter Handle


Contact Page

Areas of Expertise

Civil Liberties, Public Policy & Law

“see her speak”
Catherine Sevcenko on Cato Institute Video