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.


  • Dartmouth Stands By Restrictive ‘Bias Incident Reporting’ Protocol, Loses FIRE’s ‘Green Light’ Rating, November 23, 2015

  • Speech Code of the Month: Southwest Minnesota State University, November 9, 2015

  • Judge Halts Penn State’s Suspension of Syrian Student Accused of Sexual Misconduct, October 30, 2015

  • OCR’s Investigation of U. of Mary Washington Raises Free Speech Concerns, October 22, 2015

  • Dershowitz: Affirmative Consent Good in the Bedroom, Bad in the Courtroom, October 15, 2015

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Denver, October 12, 2015

  • 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

  • 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