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: College of the Holy Cross, July 14, 2017

  • Free speech and double standards at San Francisco State University, July 3, 2017

  • Colby College president: ‘My responsibility is to foster an environment on campus that supports free inquiry’, June 12, 2017

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of South Dakota, June 7, 2017

  • ATIXA offers new ‘due process track’ at $1,499 Title IX training course; FIRE still offers due process guidance for free, May 19, 2017

  • Speech Code of the Month: Virginia State University, May 17, 2017

  • Speech Code of the Month: Adams State University, April 26, 2017

  • In wake of troubling campus incidents, students stand up for free speech, April 19, 2017

  • Due Process Legal Update: Part II, March 29, 2017

  • Speech Code of the Month: Dickinson College, March 27, 2017

  • Articles

  • New York Daily News, November 21, 2016, Do Student Athletes Have Any Free-Speech Rights? Discipline of Columbia Wrestlers Raises the Question

  •, 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