Pine Bluff’s attorney Risie Howard has announced her candidacy for the 11th West Judicial Circuit, Division 4.
The position is currently held by Judge Leon Jamison, who is retiring.
Howard is with the George Howard Jr. Legal Center LLC, named after her late father, U.S. District Judge George Howard.
Howard is experienced in hearing cases and drafting opinions. Prior to joining the private practice, Howard completed an eight-month stint on the Arkansas Appeals Court and held more than 1,000 hearings, each with her own opinions, according to a press release.
She interned with the General Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Navy on the regional base in Gulfport, Miss. She prepared wills, powers of attorney, and other documents for the deployment of service members in the Navy, Air Force, and Marines and other duties in the civil division of Fleet and Family Services, where they signed a childcare contract for use at naval bases throughout the Southeast, and according to the press release trained as an office expert for the GI Act after September 11th.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas from the Little Rock Bowen School of Law, Howard received the Class Public Service and Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Awards.
She was named a student public service laureate in 2010.
Howard also completed a summer law degree at Trinity College of Law in Dublin, Ireland, where she studied “The Prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity” and “Freedom of Speech and Press”.
She holds a license to practice medicine in Arkansas, the US District Court, and the 8th Court of Appeals. Howard is a member of the American and Jefferson County Bar Associations.
Prior to law school, Howard taught science, physics, and biology at junior college, college, and secondary school. She has been named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for three consecutive years.
Howard has also worked as a part-time statistician for the Little Rock Department of Agriculture, a bilingual claims officer for the Social Security Agency in Dallas, and law enforcement with the Federal K-9 Security Agency.
Howard is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, where she was elected vice president of the junior class, and was the first black student to play on the women’s tennis team. She later played for the Michelob-Lite tennis team in Little Rock.
Howard is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
She earned a Certificate in Comparative Political and Economic Systems from the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University while working in the Office of Kansas Congressman Daniel Glickman.
Howard also graduated from New York University in Spain with a summer degree and speaks Spanish.
In 2018 she was selected for membership of Lawyers of Distinction. She was named Power Lawyer and appeared in the New York Times on June 16, 2019, and was recently selected by The Who’s Who Directories for the Top Attorneys of North America 2021-22 issue.
She is a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, St. Thomas More Legal Society, Stephens College Alumni Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Seabee Historical Society.
Howard says her clients suggested she run for district judge. She said she believed that justice is blind and that all persons are innocent until proven guilty.
Howard also said she’s not asking for donations, but for votes and volunteers.