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Congratulating Lembhard G. ``lem'' Howell on Receiving the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award

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Date: Oct. 16, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. SMITH of Washington. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Lem Howell on receiving the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to an individual or organization that has advanced the cause of equal justice.

Lem graduated from Lafayette College, with honors, in 1958 and then received his law degree from New York University in 1964. He went on to practice law in the state of Washington. Lem is a true champion of justice and never stopped fighting for what was right. He won landmark cases that significantly advanced civil rights in the state of Washington, including ensuring equality of opportunity for people of color in education and employment.

Throughout his truly legendary career he became one of the country's most prestigious civil rights lawyers and made a name as one of the best trial lawyers of his generation. He is also a co-founder of the Loren Miller Bar Association, a civil rights organization dedicated to fighting against discrimination and racism. Lem was a giant among men in the courtroom; his courage and devotion were unparalleled; and I am grateful for his work in advancing civil rights in Washington.

Madam Speaker, it is my privilege and honor to congratulate Lem Howell on this well-deserved award and recognize his remarkable career.

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