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Sydney Howe-Barksdale
Professor of Legal Methods and Director of the Public Interest Resource Center

A.B., Bryn Mawr College
J.D., Boston University
Ph.D, Seton Hall University

E-mail: sthowe-barksdale@mail.widener.edu
Phone: 302.477.2214     302.477.2214 FREE

Sydney Howe-Barksdale is a Professor of Legal Methods and the Director of the Public Interest Resource Center at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Howe-Barksdale works to promote public interest work among Widener law students by developing relationships with agencies in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey that need law school student volunteers. In addition, she supervises pro bono programs based on Widener’s campus.

Dr. Howe-Barksdale is a Legal Anthropologist and examines impact of legal systems (immigration laws in particular) on women and local cultures. Dr. Howe-Barksdale teaches Legal Methods and Clinical Public Interest Externships. Dr. Howe-Barksdale serves as the faculty advisor to the Public Interest Law Alliance.

Before joining the faculty and administration at Widener School of Law, Dr. Howe-Barksdale served as a senior associate at McDonald, Patrick & Roberts (civil rights, immigration, and family law litigation), Director of the Office of Social Equity at Bloomsburg University, Associate Vice President for Diversity and Minority Affairs at William Paterson University, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at William Paterson University, and Interim Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Dr. Howe-Barksdale has been active in many professional and civic organizations including serving as a Board member of the United Way and as a Board member of the Germantown YWCA. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, the Law School Outreach Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Public Interest Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee at Westtown School. Dr. Howe-Barksdale is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, and is a member of the ABA, NBA, and Philadelphia Bar Association. Dr. Howe-Barksdale can be reached by email at sthowe-barksdale@mail.widener.edu.


Selected Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Presenter (with Gerri Budd) - “By Any Other Name: Women, Feminism and Conservative Politics.” 2013 Women & Gender Studies Department Annual Colloquium. William Paterson University. February 14, 2013.
  • Panelist - “American Social Conservatives’ War against Women.” 2013 Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: On the Doubts, Questions, and Problems of Full Citizenship (Conference Proceedings, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA) January 2013.
  • Presenter (with Gerri Budd) - “The Semiotics of Feminism in Political Conservatism: WGSS Special Event for Women’s History Month/Jointly Sponsored by the Political Engagement Group.” Richard Stockton College. ( March 21, 2012.)
  • Presenter (with Gerri Budd) - “By Any Other Name: Women, Feminism and Conservative Politics.” 2011 Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. The College of New Jersey. April 9, 2011.
  • Howe-Barksdale, S. (2011) chapter, “Lessons from the Playground: the private revolutions of Black women holding their ground in academe”, accepted in Women of Color in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (forthcoming), Yenika-Agbaw, V. and DeJesus, A., editors. University Press of America, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group: Lanham, MD.
  • Kelly, D.C., Gitelson, D. & Howe-Barksdale, S., editors, (2011) Treating Young Veterans: Promoting Resilience Through Practice and Advocacy. Springer Publishing Company: New York, NY.
  • Howe-Barksdale, S., et.al., (2011) “Epilogue: Meeting the Need and Respecting the Voice: Our Final Words, in Treating Young Veterans: Promoting Resilience Through Practice and Advocacy. Springer Publishing Company: New York, NY.
  • Howe-Barksdale, S. 2009. “Do Unto Others: Widener Law School using pro bono service as an educational access outreach strategy within the constraints of recession policies”. Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Issue 19.1.