Leah A. Plunkett is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she works on the Student Privacy Initiative. She is also the Director of Academic Success & Associate Professor of Legal Skills at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Leah 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, Leah founded the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which handles school discipline, special education, and other matters on behalf of kids & teens.
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. Leah 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.
Leah 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.
Leah holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was a student-attorney at and board member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She also has an A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard College in American History & Literature, where she spent much of her time making up stories and singing off-key with the Immediate Gratification Players improv comedy troupe.