Leah A. Plunkett - Biography
Associate Professor of Legal Skills
AB, summa cum laude, Harvard College
Leah A. Plunkett is the Director of Academic Success & Associate Professor of Legal Skills at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is also a Fellow at 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 vulnerable children and teenagers.
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 consumers. 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 researches and writes about how laws affect core concerns of people’s daily lives—education, family relationships, and financial stability. She is particularly interested in the transformations of learning spaces and styles that are occurring with new digital educational technologies. Her work has appeared in law journals, popular press outlets, and other venues.
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.
“Contraceptive Sabotage,” 28 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 97 (Fall 2014).
Huffington Post, Parents Are Watching: A Software Satire (Oct. 7, 2014).
Huffington Post, Pay Your Own Way Government Has a Body Count (June 16, 2014).
Framing the Law & Policy Picture—A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014 (June 2014), (with Urs Gasser & Alicia Solow-Niederman).
LegalEd, Igniting Law Teaching Conference, An Improviser’s Guide to Law Teaching (Apr. 4, 2014).
Wired.com, Punishing Students for Gadget Use Will Make Their Tech Etiquette Worse (March 19, 2014). (Also discussed this piece on Tech News Today, 3/20/14, http://twit.tv/tnt/968).
NH Bar News, Mentor Relationships Play Key Role in Attorney Readiness (Feb. 19, 2014).
New Republic Blog, Socialize the Law? First Stop Condescending to Non-Corporate Lawyers (Feb. 6, 2014).
Student Privacy and Cloud-Computing at the District Level: Key Issues and Next Steps, (Jan. 2014) (with Urs Gasser & Alicia Solow-Niederman).
“Captive Markets,” 65 Hastings Law Journal 57 (Dec. 2013).
Salon.com, “4 Secret Taxes on the Poor” (Sept. 6, 2013).
New Republic Blog, “The Real Way to Fix Law School: More Lawyers” (July 24, 2013).
“Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers,” 45 Clearinghouse Review 488 (2012) (with Erika A. Sussman).
“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) (with Ana Lucia Hurtado).
Finding Tom Sawyer, Concord Monitor (Member, Board of Contributors) (Aug. 6, 2015) (with Michael S. Lewis).
The Bar Exam Is Brutal, But the Founding Fathers Can Help, Huffington Post (July 22, 2015).
How Could Chief Justice Roberts Be So Right and Yet So Wrong? Concord Monitor (Member, Board of Contributors) (July 10, 2015) (with Michael S. Lewis).
Constitutional Interpretation and the Evolution of Arms, Concord Monitor (Member, Board of Contributors) (June 25, 2015) (with Michael S. Lewis).
Mind-full vs. Mindful: Reflections for a New Year, NH Bar News (Jan. 21, 2015).