Jacqueline Conforti Barnett became General Counsel for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in January of 2018. Prior to a 20 year career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Jacqui served as a judicial clerk to the President Judge of Franklin/Fulton Counties and for ten years, was a private practitioner where she concentrated in family law, served as solicitor for the York County Area Agency on Aging, was approved by the family court as a custody mediator, and was a juvenile dependency master.
In 1993, Jacqui joined the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of General Counsel and was assigned to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). For almost 14 years, she represented several PASSHE universities and served in various legal capacities including Associate Chief Counsel and Acting Chief Counsel. Jacqui has spoken at several national conferences on higher education issues including the American Association of Affirmation Action (AAAA), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA).
In 2011, Jacqui joined the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and subsequently became the Director of General Law. As Director, she was responsible for overseeing the legal needs of the Department’s operations that included human resources, real estate, contracting, grants, bonds, e-government, records retention, and managing the daily legal issues of the Commonwealth's Right-to-Know Law.
Jacqui has a B.A. in Legal Studies, Magna cum laude from Marywood College, Scranton and a J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle. Through the American Association of Affirmation Action (AAAA), she is also a Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP).