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The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association has named Miami Associate TerryAnn Howell as Chair of its Pro Bono Committee. The Bar has also chosen Howell as its representative on the Board of the Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU. The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association is the oldest and largest association for black attorneys in Miami-Dade County. While this is Howell’s first time holding a position on any of the Bar’s committees, she has involved herself with the Bar since her first year of law school in 2011.
The organization's Pro Bono Committee spends time on initiatives like pro bono legal clinics and community workshops. Howell says she looks forward to creating projects and working with other firms and nonprofits to address her community's issues, such as homelessness, the people often overlooked when passed through the criminal justice system, and the area’s growing income inequality and poverty.
"Leading this committee and creating these projects is important to me because of who I am and where I am from. Through pro bono services, I am giving back to communities in need like the one I grew up in and addressing issues such as the ones my family and I faced,” Howell says. “Giving back is key to my legacy, and I know this is important for the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association too. As such, to continue working with such a prestigious organization on issues close to home, is a great honor.”
Howell will also represent the Bar's interests on the board of the Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU. She will offer insight and advice as warranted on ACLU issues that correlate with the Bar's mission. With more than 5,500 members, the Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU dedicates itself to equality and justice.
The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association shares a namesake with Miami's federal courthouse, both named after Hon. Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. — who himself claimed many firsts. He was the first African-American to serve as a circuit court judge in Dade County and the first African-American appointed to serve on the Third District Court of Appeal. Ferguson was subsequently appointed by President Clinton in 1993 to the United States District Court.
Howell focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and securities litigation, with extensive trial experience and a background in criminal law. Notably, she also takes time to give back to her community, funding multiple scholarships for law students through the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar, like those she received from the same organization while in law school. Howell has also been recognized by Legal Services of Greater Miami for her volunteer commitment to equal justice.
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