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In this update to her original course, attorney Samantha Harris provides an overview of the unique setting of campus judicial proceedings, addressing the role an attorney might play in helping a student accused of sexual misconduct obtain a fair hearing on campus.
Attorneys asked to assist in such cases may wonder why colleges are handling these cases to begin with, and may be uncertain of what assistance can be provided in this extrajudicial setting. While college judiciaries are not courts of law, students - particularly those at public universities - are entitled to some measure of due process, which campus courts do not always provide.
Samantha Harris is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and is of counsel to the firm of Mudrick & Zucker, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of campus discipline, Title IX, and free speech. For more than 15 years, she has advised students, faculty, administrators, and attorneys on issues of free speech and due process on campus. She lectures regularly about students' rights at campuses and conferences around the country, including at the Judicial Conferences of the Third and Fourth Circuits. Ms. Harris has been published in Inside Higher Ed, the New York Daily News, Reason, The Washington Post, Vox, and other publications, and has represented FIRE on ESPN, Fox News, NPR, and more.
Ms. Harris received her undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1999, and went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2002. She completed a judicial clerkship with the late Judge Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
This is, by far, the most informative CLE I have taken via Lawline.
Clear and well structured with current case examples.
Samantha Harris was absolutely fabulous! (And no, I don't know her.) She gave a great overview, got into depth on important due process issues, and gave me a framework for handling these types of cases. I've never done one because I've been too concerned I would screw it up, but her call to pro bono representation of these students really spoke to me. Thank you, to you and to her! -- Debra Reece Johnson, Arkansas
This presentation flowed really well and had a lot of good information.
An excellent presentation with good questions at the end. The presenter was very interesting, well-organized, and the hour flew by.
Ms. Harris was excellent. Wonderful presentation manner, extremely knowledgeable and ahe provided tremendous materials. Thank you.
Outstanding presenter and material . Excellent class.
Very interesting topic, well presented
Very interesting and timely topic, great presentation!
Excellent presentation. Well presented.
Another great program from FIRE attorneys. Would definitely like to see more of these.
An Outstanding presentation of the issues in Title IX cases.
I really learned a lot about Title IX and this was amazing! WOW! I want to watch this again next year to see if the courts have done anything different Thank you!
Good review of relevant points of agreement/disagreement that determine if a complaint will survive MTD plus more of surviving an MSJ.
Informative and timely lecture for any lawyer
Excellent and timely presentation. Helpful examples of differing school policies and identification of issues such as due process. One of the better classes.
Very timely presentation
Excellent course. So informative.
Ms. Harris is an excellent presenter. Great subject matter!
Excellent. She was great speaker and could cite lots of helpful and relevant cases. She gave very good practical advice.
Excellent and thorough coverage of this important topic!
great presenter; informative and inspiring presentation
Really interesting and really well put together. A top CLE.
Very good presentation!
Excellent program- very valuable!!
This program was excellent. Interesting, substantive, informative and thought-provoking. Well worth the time.
Presenter was the most effective I have encountered on lawline.
Best program I've seen so far. Would love to watch it again.
One the best Lawline presentations I have attended. Very informative and an excellent delivery of information.
Extremely knowledgeable, one of the best CLE's I've seen recently.