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.


  • 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

  • Judge Allows Terminated Prof’s Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit to Proceed, July 2, 2015

  • ‘Atrium’ Editor: I’m ‘Not Moving Forward’ With Journal Under Prior Review Requirement, June 23, 2015

  • Speech Code of the Month: California University of Pennsylvania, June 9, 2015

  • ‘Popehat’ on the Media’s Most Common ‘Pro-Censorship Tropes’, May 20, 2015