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Elliot Howsie

Adjunct Professor, Clinical Legal Education
School of Law
Law

Law School Offices, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6300
howsiee@duq.edu

Education:

J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
M.S., B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Bio

Elliot Howsie grew up in Wilkinsburg and graduated from Central Catholic High School. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he obtained both his undergraduate degree and master's degree in criminal justice.

Howsie attended Duquesne University School of Law's evening program while working two full-time jobs. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1998. While attending Duquesne Law, Howsie served as an intern for the Public Defender's Office as well as Neighborhood Legal Services. Upon graduating from law school, he began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Justin M. Johnson of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. He then worked for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office for five years as an assistant district attorney. After leaving the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, Howsie started his own law firm and worked as a sole practitioner. In his practice, he specialized in criminal law matters as well as personal injury cases.

On March 19, 2012, he was appointed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as Allegheny County's first African American chief public defender. As the Chief Public Defender of Allegheny County, Howsie is responsible for managing the office and providing effective legal representation to any indigent person that is in need of an attorney.

In addition to his professional role, Howsie serves on the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board as well as the Macedonia FACE BOARD. He also teaches at Duquesne Law as an adjunct professor, where he teaches and mentors first-year minority law students.

Courses

FALL 2018
Public Defender Adult/Juvenile Program

SPRING 2019
Public Defender Adult/Juvenile Program

FALL 2019
Public Defender Program (01)