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March 7, 2007
New Courthouse Named After Late Judge

Judge John A. HowardThe late Judge John A. Howard will have a courthouse named after him in honor of his contributions to the judiciary as the first black judge in Lorain County and the first black president of the Ohio State Bar Association, among other distinctions.

The Elyria City Council recently passed a resolution to name the new Elyria Municipal Court building the John A. Howard Municipal Courthouse. Howard served as an Elyria Municipal Court judge from 1984 to 1999. He served on the OSBA Board of Governors from 1978 to 1980 and in 1981 became president of the association.

Last month, during Black History Month, the OSBA acknowledged the service of Howard on its Web site saying, “Judge Howard served as a model for lawyers and judges alike, and a mentor to many, and lived his personal and professional life with professionalism and honor, as a thoughtful, evenhanded jurist of unquestioned integrity and fairness.”

Howard, who died in 2002, attended Franklin University Law School and was admitted to the bar in August 1949.

Photo courtesy of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram.