The Chicago Lawyers' Committee mourns the loss of civil rights champion and former Chicago Lawyers’ Committee Executive Director Robert Howard. Mr. Howard served as CLC Executive Director from 1970-1972 and was an integral part the organization's early foundation.
Throughout his career, Mr. Howard demonstrated a staunch commitment to equal justice for all, focusing on a wide range of civil rights issues, such as police brutality and harassment of youth, and a well-publicized charge to end police spying on community groups. Mr. Howard also played a pivotal role in the design and funding of the plan to desegregate Chicago Public Schools.
Mr. Howard served as legal counsel for the Better Government Association in 1975 and worked on a volunteer basis for the Afro-American Patrolmen's League challenging discriminatory police force hiring.
In 1980, Mr. Howard helped form the civil rights firm Hartunian, Futterman and Howard – now Futterman, Howard & Ashley.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is grateful for Mr. Howard’s early leadership, and many contributions as a civil rights trail blazer, and extends its deepest sympathy to Mr. Howard’s family and friends.