Joan W. Howarth

Joan W. Howarth
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Dean Emerita
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Joan is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During the 2016-17 academic year she was a Consultant to the Provost, MSU. She served as Dean of the Law College from 2008-2016, with accomplishments that included elevating the Law College’s academic and professional reputation, building the College’s scholarly profile and impact, and increasing alumni engagement. During her deanship, exceptional new teachers and scholars were hired, clinical opportunities were expanded, academic support and debt reduction programs were started, new degree programs were created, and the College gained a national reputation for innovation in curriculum and professional programs. Prior to her deanship, she was a professor at the Boyd School of Law, UNLV, since 2001. There she was named William S. Boyd Professor of Law in 2003 and served as associate dean for four years.

    She began her career as a law professor in 1989 after practicing with California’s Office of the State Public Defender and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. In addition to MSU Law and the Boyd School of Law, she has been a faculty member at the Golden Gate University School of Law and a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, and UC Davis School of Law.

    Her scholarship interests include attorney licensing, gender and the death penalty, and LGBT legal history.

    She is a leader in legal education through work with the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, and the Society of American Law Teachers.

  • Degrees

    J.D. Order of the Coif 1980, University of Southern California; A.B. 1972, Smith College

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bar Admission(s)

    California (inactive)

  • Publications