University of California at Davis, B.A.
University of Texas at Austin, M.A.
California State University, M.L.S.
University of Santa Clara, J.D.
University of Minnesota, M.B.A.
Professor Joan S. Howland is recognized for her work in law and technology, American Indian Law, legal education, legal research, and law librarianship. She teaches American Indian Legal History and Law in Cyberspace. In 1996, she received the Roger F. Noreen Chair at the Law School. Professor Howland also teaches Law and Business at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Howland received a B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis; an M.A. degree in history from the University of Texas, Austin; and an M.L.S. degree in library science from California State University. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Santa Clara Law School and her M.B.A. degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In 2002, she completed the Academic Leadership Program at the Harvard University Institute for Higher Education. From 1975 to 1983, Professor Howland was Associate Public Services Librarian at the Stanford Law School Library. She then became Associate Librarian for Public Services at the Harvard University Law School Library. In 1986, she became Deputy Director of the Law Library at the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Howland also taught at the U.C. Berkeley School of Library and Information Sciences.
She joined the Law School faculty as a tenured Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library in 1992. Professor Howland has chaired many American Association of Law Libraries committees, including the Diversity, Education, National Resources, Recruitment and Scholarship Committees. She has been a member of the Executive Board of the American Indian Library Association and served as treasurer. She has served as co-chair of the ABA Committee on Libraries and currently chairs the American Association of Law Schools Committee on Law Libraries and Technology. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served on the ALI Advisory Group on Electronic Publishing. She served as a member of the ABA Accreditation Committee from 2001 to 2006. Professor Howland has been a member of the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education & Admission to the Bar since 2007, and is the current Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the Council. Professor Howland is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Legal History.
In 2003, Professor Howland received the prestigious Spirit of Law Librarianship Award in recognition of her extensive volunteer efforts with a variety of legal aid programs serving the legal and technological needs of American Indians living in traditional communities. . Professor Howland also received the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2010.
Instructor's Manual to Accompany the Assignments to Jacobstein & Mersky on Fundamentals of Legal Research, Sixth Edition, and Legal Research Illustrated, Sixth Edition (Foundation Press, 1994)
(with Donald Dunn)
The MacCrate Report: Building the Educational Continuum (American Bar Association, 1994) (co-editor)
(with William H. Lindberg)
Library Director as Consultant, in Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights 343 (Michelle M. Wu, ed., William S. Hein & Co., 2015)
Expressing Our Values Through Our Actions, in The Spirit of Law Librarianship 233 (Roy Mersky & Richard Leiter, eds., Alert Publications, 2d ed., 2005)
The Leader As Leader, in Leadership Roles for Librarians 1 (Herbert E. Cihak & Joan Howland, eds., William S. Hein & Co., 2002)
The Leader As Mentor, in Leadership Roles for Librarians 155 (Herbert E. Cihak & Joan Howland, eds., William S. Hein & Co., 2002)
American Indian Issues in the 21st Century: Historical Reflections and Legal Realities, in International Indigenous Librarians' Forum:
Proceedings (Robert Sullivan, ed., Te Ropu Whakahau, 2001)
The Transformation of Law and Its Consequences for Legal Research, in Graylyn Conference Report 1990 (Donald J. Dunn, ed., Mead Data Central [and] Lawyers Cooperative Pub., 1991)
(with M. Ethan Katsh & Bruce D. Collins)
A History of Legal History Courses Offered in American Law Schools, 53 American Journal of Legal History 363 (2013), reprinted in Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives 1 (Robert M. Jarvis, ed., Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2014)
Expressing our Values Through Our Actions: The Privilege of Working with American Indian Communities to Address Library and Technology Concerns, Proceedings of the XIX American Indian Sovereignty Symposium V-29 (2006)
Synergy and Serendipity, 89 Minnesota Law Review 1245 (2005) (The Faegre & Benson Symposium: Law, Information and Freedom of Expression)
The Best of Times and the Worst of Times: American Indian Communities, Sacred Knowledge, and the Internet, Proceedings of the XVII American Indian Sovereignty Symposium III-1 (2004)
Crossing the "Digital Divide": Yet Another Battle for American Indian Communities, Proceedings of the XVI American Indian Sovereignty Symposium 24 (2003)
Challenges of Working in a Multi-Cultural Environment, 33 Journal of Library Administration 105 (2001), reprinted in Diversity Now: People, Collections and Services in Academic Libraries 105 (Teresa Neely & Kuang-hwei Lee-Smelter, eds., Routledge, 2001)
Beyond Recruitment: Retention and Promotion of Minorities in Librarianship, 13 Library Administration & Management 4 (1999)
Diversity Deferred, 90 Law Library Journal 561 (1998)
Interlibrary Loan in ARL Libraries (Association of Research Libraries, 1986)
Book Review, 50 American Journal of Legal History 350 (2008-2010) (reviewing Deborah A. Rosen. American Indians and State Law: Sovereignty, Race, and Citizenship, 1790-1880 (University of Nebraska Press, 2007))