Cheryl D. Howell was awarded the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on June 20, 2023, at the North Carolina District Court Judges Conference in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. State Bar President Marcia H. Armstrong presented the award.
Ms. Howell graduated magna cum laude from Appalachian State University in 1984. She graduated with honors from The University of North Carolina School of Law in 1987, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Ms. Howell was in private practice from 1987-1991, first with Petree, Stockton in Winston-Salem and then with Reid, Lewis, Deese & Nance in Fayetteville. In 1992, Ms. Howell served as a research assistant for Chief Judge R.A. Hedrick with the North Carolina Court of Appeals. From September 1992 until the present, she has been a professor at the UNC School of Government and is currently an Albert Coates Distinguished Professor.
Ms. Howell has served in numerous positions with the North Carolina Bar Association. She currently serves as a member of the Family Law Section’s committee that reviews equitable distribution statutes for updating and revision. She is a member of the North Carolina Family Court Advisory Commission and the Chief Justices North Carolina Child Custody and Visitation Mediation Advisory Committee.
Ms. Howell serves as an ex officio member of the North Carolina Domestic Violation Commission and is the chairperson of the Civil Domestic Violence Protective Orders Study Group. She is also a member of the eProject Study Advisory Board tasked with researching the effectiveness of electronic filing for civil domestic violence protective orders.
Ms. Howell serves the legal profession and the citizens of North Carolina as an educator of both judges and attorneys. She updates the Family Law Chapters of the North Carolina Trial Judges’ Bench Book. She has also co-authored 14 other book chapters, written 15 articles, written almost 100 blog posts for the School of Government’s The Civil Side, and 145 manuscripts for speaking engagements at CLEs, law school classes, and training classes. She has also trained countless judges.
Ms. Howell was awarded the Women of Justice Legal Scholar Award in 2013 and was instrumental in the School of Government receiving ABA awards for its judicial education and training. In 2022, Ms. Howell was awarded the NCBA Liberty Bell Award for her lifelong service to the law in NC. She has shown dedication to the law, the judges, and attorneys of North Carolina, and to the families that must interact with the court system.
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