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.


  • Middlebury Student Paper Condemns Judicial Scrutiny of College’s Disciplinary Processes, October 5, 2015

  • Federal Court Halts Middlebury’s Expulsion of Student Accused of Sexual Misconduct, September 22, 2015

  • Judge Dismisses Student’s Title IX Claim Against Case Western Reserve University, September 16, 2015

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of California, Santa Barbara, September 15, 2015

  • University of Miami Law Prof: Affirmative Consent Effectively Shifts Burden of Proof to Accused, September 11, 2015

  • Due Process Legal Update: Judges in Virginia, Tennessee Rule in Favor of Accused Students, August 18, 2015

  • Speech Code of the Month: Boston University, August 12, 2015

  • After Ruling, Select Due Process Claims to Proceed in Student Lawsuit Against University, Administrators, July 31, 2015

  • Amherst: We Don’t Need to Consider Exculpatory Evidence Discovered After Appeal Period Closed, July 22, 2015

  • Speech Code of the Month: Florida State University, July 10, 2015

  • Articles

  • 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