Mary E. Howell, a plaintiffs’ civil rights attorney and graduate of Tulane University Law School, has been in private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana since 1977. She has handled numerous cases involving police misconduct, prisoners rights and representing New Orleans street musicians. Additionally, she has represented victims of hate crimes as well as whistleblowers who have exposed governmental corruption and wrongdoing.
Howell has been involved for many years in various efforts to reform the New Orleans Police Department. Among other current cases, she represents the Madison family, victims from the 2005 post-Katrina Danziger Bridge incident, in which, to date, 5 former NOPD officers have pled guilty to federal crimes involving the failure to report and cover-up, and another 6 officers are currently under federal indictment for that incident.
In recognition of her work to protect and enforce civil rights, Howell has received a number of awards from various civil rights and civil liberties organizations. She is the 2010 recipient of the NLG Ernie Goodman Award. She has also received the ACLU of Louisiana Ben Smith Award. She is the former chair of the Civil Rights Section of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the National Lawyers Guild.