Campus Free Speech

About Campus Free Speech

Free speech has become a hot button issue on campuses. On its face, the First Amendment seems simple—people have a legal right to say whatever they want. But in reality, free speech rights are much more nuanced and are, of course, much less absolute. CL can give your students a working knowledge of how the 1st operates on both public and private campuses including strategies and the best practices for real world situations.


Topics covered include:

  • The basics of First amendment law including the myriad exceptions
  • Professors and Free Speech including Semi-Affiliated Accounts (unofficial social media accounts maintained by professors)
  • Students and individual free speech rights with an emphasis in online speech
  • Invited outside speakers and balancing free speech with safety and other institutional concerns
  • Public forum speech and profanity rules and time place and manner restrictions
  • Free Speech vs. Free From Consequences


In 1998, attorney C.L. Lindsay III, left his practice in New York City to found the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights (CO-STAR). Since then, acting as its Executive Director, he has built CO-STAR into a national student rights organization that helps thousands of college students with their legal problems, free of charge, each year.

C.L. is a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom. He literally wrote the book on legal problems at colleges. The College Student’s Guide to the Law has become the definitive authority used by students, university counsel and as a textbook for masters and law courses nationwide. He graduated magna cum laude from Denison University, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan. In his spare time, he teaches courses in Law and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.


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“I wanted to send this email to thank you for your presentation on Monday and your work with Burris on Tuesday.  The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and very informative!!!  And, your purchase of the books was very generous and appreciated by those who received them.” – Angela Nickoli, Strategic Learning Technology Consultant at Ball State University 2017

“CL did an amazing job! Our students really enjoyed his presentation and we heard great feedback. He definitely presented what I thought was the best educational presentation I have seen so far!” – Ashford University

“WSU-Rochester really enjoyed CL Lindsay last week. He was informative and funny on all topics. He brought up serious issues in a way that students felt engaged to ask questions. We would love to have him back again. From a process stand point, he was really easy to accommodate, probably the most simple requests we have had. He was a pleasure to work with and we could not be happier.” – Winona State University-Rochester

“C.L., we have had excellent feedback about your visit last week and hope to have you join us again in the future. Students and faculty/staff are still quoting you! Thanks for your flexibility and engaging program.”- Ruth Rodgers, Marian University

“Thanks for a great presentation at Fort Lewis College last night. It got across much needed information that all students should know in a humorous way that also kept them very engaged in the real message of the topic. Knowing their rights and responsibilities in the eyes of the law is the first best step to making good decisions.” – Kelly J Higgins, Ed.D., Fort Lewis College

“What a pleasure to meet and work with you. We have received awesome feedback about your performance/training. Comments like “The tone was exactly right”, “Loved the action figures” , “Really made it interesting”, “It was better than I thought it was going to be” and on top of all that, you were funny as well! Thoroughly enjoyed you. Just wanted to pass this along.” – PAMELA D. DORSEY, YA-02, DAFC, Scott AFB

“We were blown away by Monday’s program. Thank you so much for coming and for doing what you do. We hope you will return! – Rick Kutz, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“I wanted to let you know that C.L. Lindsay was so great! His show was very interesting and informative and he was just about the nicest guy! He was genuinely listening when students were talking to him before and after and he made everyone feel really comfortable. Thanks again for recommending him at NACA. You guys are the best! – Kris Fliss, St. Norbert College

“The C.L. Lindsay program was a HUGE success!! We had about 1000 students in attendance and they really seemed to enjoy the presentation. And C.L. is a great guy… it was wonderful having him on campus for the day. He even went to my legal issues class! Thanks again for everything… we could not have hoped for things to work out better!! And if any schools are ever looking for recommendations about C.L. please send them my way!!” – Jessica Berkey, Western Illinois University

“First of all, I would like to sincerely thank you on behalf of Senate and Lehigh as a whole. The seminar was extremely informative and entertaining,… you provided me with some great words of wisdom. I’d just like to thank you again, especially for the advice following the seminar. You really exceeded our expectations, and I hope to keep in contact with you in the future.” – Jeffery Such, Lehigh University

“Just wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job at IU Southeast. Our students loved you!!” – Kathy Corbean, Indiana University Southeast

“I saw many of the students that were [at the program], and they said that it was one of the best lectures they have seen since coming to campus. Good luck to you! Hopefully we will see you next year for another lecture.”- Jeannette Williams,  Johnson & Wales University