Judge George Howard Jr.
Judge George Howard, Jr. is a native of Pine Bluff Arkansas, and received his early education in the public schools of the city. Judge Howard’s undergraduate and pre law education were commenced at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, under the combined Degree Program. After the completion of the requirements for entry to the Lincoln University Law School at St Louis, Missouri, he, instead, made application and was admitted to the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville, Arkansas, where in 1954, he received the B.S. and Juris Doctorate Degrees. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Arkansas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States District Court, both the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.
In 1970, the late, former Governor Winthrop Rockefeller appointed Judge Howard to the Arkansas State Claims Commission for a term of six years, where he served as Chairman of the Claims Commission for a period of four years. In 1976, former Governor David Pryor, now United States Senator, reappointed Judge Howard to the Arkansas State Claims Commission for an additional six year period. However, in 1977, former Governor Pryor appointed Judge Howard to the Arkansas Supreme Court to fill the unexpired term of Justice Elisijane T. Roy, who had been appointed a United States District Judge. Judge Howard served as a Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court for thirteen months and returned to the private practice of law on January 1, 1979. However, on July 15, 1979, Governor William “Bill” Clinton appointed Judge Howard to the newly created Arkansas Court of Appeals. While serving on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, former president Jimmy Carter nominated Judge Howard to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, where he is presently serving.
Judge Howard was engaged in the general practice of law for twenty-five (25) years in Pine Bluff He has been associated with the following organizations: 1) Member of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Committee on Professional Conduct; 2) Elected President of the Jefferson County Bar Association in 1974; 3) Is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, American Bar Association and the National Bar Association; 4) Is a 33rd Degree mason and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; 5) He is a member of the New Town Missionary Baptist Church.
Judge Howard formerly served as president of the Pine Bluff Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and also President of the Arkansas State Conference of Branches for the NAACP.
On May 9, 1985, he was selected “Outstanding Trial Judge “for 1984-85 by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Jurist Award presented by the National Bar Association and on November 3, 1989, he received the Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposium Award presented by the National Bar Association. On May 15, 1991, the W. Harold Flowers Law Society of the State of Arkansas established the Annual Distinguished Jurist Award in honor of Judge George Howard, Jr.
Judge Howard is married to the former Vivian Smith and is the father of four children, one son and three daughters.