Samantha Harris

About Samantha Harris

Samantha K. Harris, a Philadelphia native, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and from Princeton University, where she earned an A.B. magna cum laude in politics. As an undergraduate, Samantha completed a senior thesis that analyzed the constitutional implications of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s quality-of-life initiative in New York City. During law school, she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Constitutional Law. Before joining FIRE, Samantha clerked for the late Honorable Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and most recently was an associate at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia.


  • American Law Institute Rejects ‘Affirmative Consent’ Standard for Model Penal Code, May 18, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Missouri, May 6, 2016

  • Due Process Legal Update: More Students’ Lawsuits Move Forward, April 11, 2016

  • So About Free Speech at Emory…, March 23, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: Grinnell College, March 18, 2016

  • University of Texas ‘Blueprint’ for Campus Police Raises Fairness Concerns, March 11, 2016

  • Due Process Legal Update: Students’ Title IX and Due Process Claims Move Forward, But Challenges Remain, March 1, 2016

  • More on Speech Codes at SMSU, February 26, 2016

  • The Condescending Paternalism of Williams President Adam Falk, February 19, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, February 11, 2016

  • Articles

  •, November 10, 2015, Column: So UMW President’s Defense Against Federal Complaint Amounts to Retaliation?

  • The Heritage Foundation, October 6, 2015, Campus Judiciaries on Trial An Update from the Courts

  • The Des Moines Register, December 13, 2014, It’s Wrong To Try To Protect Students From Being Offended

  • The Columbus Dispatch, July 5, 2014, Speech Codes Unfairly Restrict Expression

  • Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2013, A Massive Burden

  • New York Post, July 19, 2011, The feds’ mad assault on campus sex

  • The Herald Journal, April 10, 2011, Activism on campus: Recent protests, pending policy review bring USU issues to fore

  • Daily Journal, May 25, 2006, UNC-Chapel Hill Tries to Spin Away a Major Defeat