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.


  • SMSU: Truth Impedes Student Newspaper’s Attempted Hit Piece, January 29, 2016

  • Federal Court: Campus Sexual Assault Hearings are ‘Quasi-Criminal’ in Nature, January 20, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: Clark University, January 15, 2016

  • Penn Law Prof: Affirmative Consent Should Be Moral Norm, Not Adjudicatory Principle, January 14, 2016

  • As New Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination in Campus Sexual Assault Proceedings, ‘Hunting Ground’ Producers Continue to Blame Film’s Criticism on ‘Threat’ to ‘White Male Power’, January 8, 2016

  • Columbia’s Contradiction: University Adopts Free Speech Statement, Keeps Restrictive Speech Codes, January 5, 2016

  • Free Speech at Princeton: A Report From the Front Lines, December 17, 2015

  • Speech Code of the Month: Auburn University, December 15, 2015

  • American Law Institute Wades into Campus Sexual Assault Debate, December 14, 2015

  • ‘Hunting Ground’ Filmmakers to Harvard Law Profs: Criticizing Our Film Could Create a ‘Hostile Climate’, December 4, 2015

  • 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