Who is on the ASL faculty?


Derrick Howard

Professor Derrick Howard

Assistant Dean for Student Services
276-935-4349, Ext. 1269

J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1990)
B.A., University of Pittsburgh (1987)

Courses Taught: Property I & II, Introduction to Natural Resources, Natural Resources Seminar, Real Estate Transactions, Law Office Management, Evidence, Mineral Title Examinations.

Professor Howard received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While still a law student, Professor Howard worked as a teaching assistant in the University of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Research and Writing Program; was awarded the Robert D. Raven Award for Academic Excellence; and eventually proposed, designed and assisted with implementing the school’s first pre-bar review course.

After graduating from law school, Professor Howard worked for the internationally regarded firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP, in Pittsburgh, PA. He practiced for 11 years in such areas of the law as environmental insurance coverage litigation and class action litigation before forming and becoming a partner of Howard & Hosay Law Group, P.C. in Philadelphia, PA. While practicing in the latter setting for another 7 years, Professor Howard also taught in the Community College of Philadelphia’s Paralegal Studies Program.

In 2008, Professor Howard joined ASL’s faculty. During his tenure at ASL, Professor Howard has taught several doctrinal courses including Property I and II; Evidence; a practicum in Real Estate Transactions; a seminar on Natural Resource Law; and a practicum in Law Office Management. He has also designed and implemented the school’s first distance learning course and has served as a faculty advisor to several school organizations including the Black Law Student’s Association, Phi Alpha Delta, Outlaw, the rugby team, the basketball team, and mock trial competitors.

In July 2011, Professor Howard was appointed the Director of ASL’s Externship Program. Currently, he serves as ASL’s Chair of the Externship, Practica and Career Development Committee. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Committee expanded the Externship Program to include experiential learning opportunities for all students throughout their three years of education at ASL.  Professor Howard was promoted to Assistant Dean for Student Services in 2014.


  • Hydraulic Fracturing in the Appalachia Basin: Incorporating Environmental Justice to Regulate Natural Resource Exploration, Appalachian N.R.L.J. ____ (2013).
  • Twenty-First Century Slavery: Reconciling Diplomatic Immunity & the Rule of Law in the Obama Era, 3 Ala. C.R. & C.L. L. Rev. __ (2012).
  • A Modest Proposal: An Emerging Dialogue for Implementing the Human Right to Water, 1 Seattle U. J. Envtl. L. 123 (2011).
  • The Appearance of Solidity: Legal Implementation of the Human Right to Water in the United States, 11 Appalachian J.L. 123 (2011).
  • "Occupational Safety and Health: OSHA Targets Violence Against Health Facility Employees," HealthSpan, The Report of Health Business Law, Vol. 11, No. 5, Prentice Hall Law & Business (May 1994).