Legal Writing Professor
B.S., Syracuse University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Jean Sbarge is a Legal Writing Professor at Widener University School of Law, Delaware campus. Professor Sbarge received a B.S., magna cum laude, in Magazine Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; a secondary education teaching certification from the State University of New York at New Paltz; and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she held the Editor-in-Chief position of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and where she also served as a legal writing instructor. Prior to entering law school, Professor Sbarge was a public high school and middle school English and science teacher.
Following graduation from law school, Professor Sbarge was employed as associate attorney at Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells (formerly Rogers & Wells) in New York City, where she practiced litigation and media and new media law; as associate attorney at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP in Philadelphia, where she practiced litigation and white-collar criminal law; and as judicial law clerk for two years for the Honorable John R. Padova of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the Widener faculty full-time in July 2004, she taught as an adjunct faculty member at the law school. Professor Sbarge teaches Legal Methods I, II and III.
For several recent summers, she has worked as a legal writing consultant to the Summer Associates Program at the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr LLP. As a result of this experience, she became especially interested in professionalism issues, and served as chair of a subcommittee for Widener Law’s inaugural Professionalism Day. She continues to specialize in professionalism issues and became a volunteer member of Widener Law’s new Task Force on the Formation of the Legal Professional. She also created and presented a professionalism workshop for law students about successfully handling work assignments and communicating in the workplace.Professor Sbarge won a 2010 Legal Writing Institute & Association of Legal Writing Directors Scholarship Grant to write her article “No Swedish Bikini Team Screensavers: Teaching Professionalism in the Legal Writing Classroom and Beyond.” She presented “Taking the Lede from Journalism: Two Exercises to Hook Students’ Interest and Introduce Concepts” at the 2010 Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, in Tucson, Arizona, and will be presenting it at the 2010 First Empire State Legal Writing Conference. At the 2010 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, she will be presenting on teaching professionalism.
Professor Sbarge served as Assistant Editor to Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Delaware Valley Legal Writing Consortium.