University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Leah A. Plunkett

Director of Academic Success
Associate Professor of Legal Skills

Leah A. Plunkett is the Director of Academic Success  & Associate Professor of Legal Skills at University of New Hampshire School of Law.  She is also a Research Affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she works on the Student Privacy Initiative.

Ms. Plunkett has a longstanding commitment to education.  From 2011-2013, she was a Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where she taught legal research and writing to first-year law students, as well as conducted legal scholarship in the areas of criminal and family law. Previously, Ms. Plunkett founded the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which handles school discipline, special education, and other matters on behalf of kids and teenagers who are facing criminal charges.

She has also been a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, which promotes laws, regulations, and policies that advance economic security for low-income or vulnerable consumers, such as domestic violence survivors.  Ms. Plunkett served as a law clerk for the Hon. Catherine C. Blake in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for the 2006-2007 term.

Ms. Plunkett’s academic research examines the unexpected ways that adults, teenagers, and children find themselves involved in the criminal justice system.  It also explores the unexpected consequences of this involvement on people’s intimate relationships and daily lives—including, but not limited to, in matters of money, sex, childrearing, and schooling.  This research has implications primarily for criminal and family law, and secondarily for privacy, juvenile, and education law.

Ms. Plunkett holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in American History and Literature from Harvard College, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was a board member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and represented indigent clients in family law cases.


Representative Publications:

Law and Ordinary
Thoughts on Daily Life, Law, and Everyday Heroes
Blog

Plunkett, Leah A.  “4 Secret Taxes on the Poor,” Salon.com (Sept. 6, 2013).

Plunkett, Leah A.  “The Real Way to Fix Law School: More Lawyers,” New RepublicBlog (July 24, 2013).

Plunkett, Leah A. “Captive Markets,” 65 Hastings Law Journal (forthcoming 2013).

Plunkett, Leah A. & Erika A. Sussman. “Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers,” 45 Clearinghouse Review 488 (2012).

Plunkett, Leah A. & Ana Lucia Hurtado. “Small Dollar Loans, Big Problems: How States Protect Consumers from Abuses and How the Federal Government Can Help,” 44 Suffolk University Law Review 31 (2011).

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