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Beryl Alaine Howell

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • New York
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Judge Beryl A. Howell was appointed to the District Court on December 27, 2010.

Judge Howell received her B.A., with honors in Philosophy, in 1978 from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. in 1983 from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Following law school, Judge Howell served as a law clerk to Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise in the District of New Jersey and, subsequently, as a litigation associate at the law firm of Schulte, Roth & Zabel. From 1987 until 1993, Judge Howell served as the deputy chief of the Narcotics Section and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, where she was awarded the Attorney General’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance and commendations from the U.S. Attorney and Federal and local law enforcement agencies. From 1993 until 2003, Judge Howell served on the staff and as general counsel of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 2004 until January 2013, Judge Howell served two terms as a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission. Following her service on the Judiciary Committee, Judge Howell also worked, from 2003 until 2009, as executive managing director and general counsel of a consulting and technical services firm, for which she headed the largest regional office in Washington, D.C. During her tenure at the firm, Judge Howell was awarded a Director's Award by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for her “valuable contributions” to the successful investigation and prosecution of a cyber-extortion case. Judge Howell has taught Legal Ethics as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 1935444
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Professional Experience
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Current
U.S. Sentencing Commission
Executive managing director and general counsel
Stroz Friedberg
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
senior counsel, 1993-1996; general counsel, 1997-2003
Assistant U.S. attorney
Eastern District of New York
Private practice, New York City
Law clerk
Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Columbia Law School
J.D. (1983)
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Bryn Mawr College
B.A. (1978)
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Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 1935444
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
United States District Court, District of Colombia
Federal Judicial Center Biography
Judge Beryl A. Howell's Court Web Page
Contact & Map
Telephone: (202) 354-3450
E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse
333 Constitution Ave. NW
RM 6600
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: (202) 354-3450