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.


  • Speech Code of the Month: DePauw University, October 21, 2016

  • ‘TWISTING TITLE IX’ WEEK: Judge Rules Against Brown in Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit, but Cites School’s Broad Latitude to Punish Students, September 30, 2016

  • ‘TWISTING TITLE IX’ WEEK: Due Process Legal Update, September 28, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Vermont, September 21, 2016

  • Penn Students Choose Protest Over Censorship, September 7, 2016

  • Mandatory Trigger Warnings, Part Two, September 1, 2016

  • Think Trigger Warnings Are Never Mandatory on Campus? Think Again., August 31, 2016

  • BACK TO SCHOOL: FIRE’s Spotlight Database Offers Comprehensive Picture of Campus Speech Codes, August 31, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: Northwestern State University, August 24, 2016

  • NYCRC Head: ‘Tell Me, Please’ That Reports of Racially Segregated Courses Are Untrue, August 10, 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