September 17, 2009

Washington State Bar Awards Top Honor to Lem Howell ’58

Attorney has won justice for African-Americans and the injured in groundbreaking cases

Lem Howell ’58 has received the President’s Award from the Washington State Bar Association “in recognition of a career devoted to the tenacious pursuit of civil justice for the injured and the passionate protection of civil rights for all.”

Early in his career, the Seattle attorney won a groundbreaking case that opened construction unions to African-American workers in Washington. He won another case that established the responsibility for general contractors to ensure the safety of all workers on their construction sites. A history graduate, Howell is listed in America’s Best Lawyers and as a “Super Lawyer” in Washington Law & Politics.

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