About Brock Howell

Saturday, January 1, 2000

Professional Memberships

Washington State Bar Member, June 2008


Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
J.D., May 2007
- Emphasis: state and local government; land use, environmental, water, and energy law; and environmental tax policy

Washington State University, Pullman, WA
B.S., Agricultural Economics, May 2004
- Cum Laude
- Department’s Outstanding Senior
- Minor, Environmental Science
- Minor, Sustainable Development

Legal, Policy, & Government Experience

Solo Practitioner, July 2008 – Present
- Currently practicing in land use, environmental, and nonprofit law.

Futurewise, Seattle WA
Interim Legal Director, June 9 – July 21, 2008
Pro bono Representative, Oct. 2007 – June 2008
Legal Intern, June – Dec. 2006
- Managed the legal program of the state's leading smart growth advocacy organization.

- Wrote and edited briefs to state boards and all court levels regarding counties’ noncompliance with GMA.
- Orally argued before the Eastern Board, Western Board, and Thurston County Superior Court.
- Successfully negotiated a settlement with Chelan County concerning their critical areas ordinance.
- Completed Futurewise’s citizen guide to petitioning the growth boards for review of local actions.

Jay A. Goldstein Law Office, Olympia, WA
Contract Legal Assistant, Mar. 2008
- Wrote memorandum for landlord-tenant case before the Kitsap County Superior Court.

Federal District Court for Eastern Washington, Honorable Judge Shea, Richland, WA
Judicial Extern, Aug. – Nov. 2007
- Wrote memorandums and recommendations on decisions concerning Indian reservations, insurance, police brutality, drugs, international child abduction, child pornography, counterfeiting, sexual assault, and agency law.

Resources for the Future, Washington, DC
Research Intern, May – Aug. 2005
- Developed study of all fifty states’ voluntary cleanup and brownfield redevelopment programs to understand which legal structures most quickly achieve cleanup and redevelopment.

Environmental & Natural Resource Legal Clinic, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
Legal Assistant, Aug. 2005
- Performed discovery of documents at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission headquarters for the clinic’s case regarding warm water discharge by the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Franklin County Horticultural Pest Board, Pasco, WA
Program Developer & Orchard Inspector for Cherry Leaf-Roll Virus, May 2004 – Aug. 2004
Senator Jim Honeyford (R), Olympia, WALegislative Intern, Mar. 2003

City of Prosser, Prosser, WA
Assistant Recreation Director, May 2000 – Aug. 2000, May 2001 – Aug. 2001

Law Publications

Law Review Article, Washington’s Way II: The Burden of Enforcing Growth Management in the Crucible of the Courts and Hearings Boards, 31 Seattle U. L. Rev. 549 (2008) (co-authored with Henry McGee, Jr.).

Law Review Article, Washington's Way: Decentralized Enforcement of Growth Management Controls and the Crucial Role of NGOs, 31 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1 (2007) (authored by Henry McGee, Jr.).

Law Journal Editorial, Initiatives' Absolute Property Right World is Untenable, Vt. J. Envtl. L. (Nov. 2, 2006), http://www.vjel.org/editorials/ED10054.html.

Additional Writing Experience

Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
Senior Editor & Web Editor, Apr. 2005 – May 2007
- Reviewed and edited law articles, student notes, weekly news articles, and books.
- Published and maintained all content on the journal’s website, www.vjel.org.

Grandview Herald, Grandview, WAS
ports Reporter, Nov. 2007 – Feb. 2008
- Wrote articles on high school basketball and wrestling, as well as fishing and skiing reports.

No on I-933 Campaign, Seattle, WA
Ghost-Writer, June – Nov. 2006
- Ghost-wrote editorials and called voters weekly to message the “takings” initiative’s detrimental effects.

Vermont By Design: Next Steps, Vermont Council on Planning & VLS Land Use Institute, South Royalton, VT
Copy-Editor, Mar. – Jun. 2006
- Summarized discussions and conclusions at statewide workshop, copy-edited report, and published to website.

Washington State Magazine and WSU Today, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Copy-Editor, Aug. 2000 – May 2004
- Wrote and copy-edited short stories, class notes, and obituaries about WSU alumni and faculty.


Student Leader Award, Ass’n of Student Advancement Programs (only 3 students awarded internationally), Aug. 2004.

Top Senior in Campus Involvement, WSU Big Ten Seniors Award Committee, Apr. 2004.

President’s Leadership Award, WSU President’s Office & WSU Campus Involvement, Apr. 2004.

Alpha Zeta Fraternity, WSU College of Agric., Human, & Nat. Res. Sci. (academic honor society for the College), May 2003.

Mortar Board, WSU (academic and service honor society), May 2003.

Washington State FFA Honorary Degree, Washington State FFA Association, May 2002.

American FFA Degree, National FFA Organization, Oct. 2001.

Community Involvement

Students Book Corporation, Pullman WA
Board Member & Treasurer, May 2003 – July 2004

Pullman Civic Trust, Riverwalk Project, Pullman, WA
Fundraising Committee Member, Nov. 2002 – May 2004

College Hill Association, Pullman, WA
Board Member, Sept. 2002 – May 2004

My environmental community involvement has included: Environment Colorado's campaign to elect Barack Obama, the campaign to elect Peter Goldmark for Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute, the People for Puget Sound, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Association, the Progressive Future, and the Save Habitat And Diversity Of Wetlands (SHADOW) organization.

Student Leadership

(College of) Agriculture and Home Economics Student Senate, WSU
Secretary & Website Manager, Sept. 2001 – Mar. 2003

Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Club, WSU
Faculty–Student Liaison, Website Manager, & Knowledge Bowl Team Member, Sept. 2000 – May 2004

Associated Students of WSU
Summer Director of Campus Relations, June – Aug. 2002
Implementation Director of the Student Entertainment Board, Feb. – Aug. 2003

Compton (Student) Union Building Board of Directors, WSU
Board Chair, Sept. 2002 – May 2004

Equity in Developing Countries Group, Vermont Law School
Founding Member, Jan. – Apr. 2005

Historic Livestock Pavilion Restoration Committee, WSU
Visionary, Donor Procurement, & Website Manager, Oct. 2002 – Dec. 2003

Leadership Education and Advising Program, WSU
Leadership Workshop Facilitator & Website Manager, Jan. 2002 – May 2004

Student Alumni Connection, WSU
President, Vice President, PR Director, & Website Manager, Aug. 2000 – May 2004

Student Services and Activities Fee Committee, WSU
Committee Member, Nov. 2003 – Apr. 2004

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