April 4, 2013
Director of Speech Code Research
Samantha Harris is FIRE’s director of speech code research, so while she may not be able to name your university’s sports team, she will definitely be able to tell you all about their harassment policy. She graduated from Princeton University in 1999 and then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After a federal clerkship and a brief stint as a litigator, she landed at FIRE in 2005 and has been there ever since. Samantha lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and their three daughters.
- Spotlight on Speech Codes 2013: The State of Free Speech on our Nation’s Campuses, December 2012
- "Compelling ‘Civility’," June 1, 2012
- "Everyone is Harmed by Reducing Due Process in Sexual Assault Cases," May 13, 2011
America’s Worst Speech Codes
This speech takes a humorous look at some of the most egregious restrictions on speech at America’s colleges and universities. It also introduces listeners to the basics of First Amendment law and to the mechanics of how university policies impermissibly restrict student speech.