Leah A. Plunkett is the Associate Dean for Administration & Director of Academic Success at UNH Law. She is also an Associate Professor of Legal Skills.
As Associate Dean for Administration, Ms. Plunkett focuses on the Law School's digital education innovation portfolio, regulatory compliance, institutional data, and related areas. Through the Academic Success Program, she directs the School's bar readiness work with students, including the Preliminary Bar Exam that all JD students take during their 1L year to ensure they are on track to be ready for the bar exam upon graduation.
She is also a Faculty Affiliate with the interdisciplinary Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she researches how children, families, and schools engage with new and emerging digital technologies, as well as the privacy, equity, and related implications that flow from these practices and the legal regimes that shape them. From 2011-2013, Ms. Plunkett was a Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where her research focused on the intersections of consumer law and access to justice.
Ms. Plunkett has a longstanding commitment to public service lawyering, especially on behalf of vulnerable families and children. In 2007, she founded the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which handles school discipline, special education, and other matters on behalf of at-risk kids and teens. She has also been a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center and served as a law clerk for the Hon. Catherine C. Blake in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
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 training director for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Ms. Plunkett’s current board service commitments include the ACLU of New Hampshire.