Joan C. Harrington

Joan Harrington is the Assistant Director of Social Sector Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

At Santa Clara University School of Law, Joan was an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Academic and Professional Development until 2014.  She also taught the course “Law of Nonprofit Organizations,” and continues as a Lecturer at the Law School.

She has worked extensively in the social sector, including serving as General Counsel of the international relief and development agency, Save the Children.  She has consulted with nonprofits and philanthropists in such areas as strategic planning, program design, nonprofit formation, and fundraising.  She served as Chair of the Board of Governors of Public Advocates, and has counseled a number of boards on governance issues.

Joan graduated from Stanford University and earned a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif.  She spent the early years of her career as a trial and appellate attorney in Connecticut.


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

B.A., Stanford University

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Currently Teaching

Law of Nonprofit Organizations Spring 2022