Rickell Howard is the Ohio Policy and Litigation Director for the Children’s Law Center. Rickell is a civil rights and public interest law attorney, specializing in Federal civil rights litigation, appeals and policy reform. Rickell received her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2006 and her B.B.A. in International Business from Howard University in 2002, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has dedicated her career to providing legal representation to persons that are underrepresented in the legal system and has built a successful track record of impactful civil rights litigation.
Rickell began her legal career at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, where she represented over 300 low-income clients in lawsuits and administrative hearings. Before joining Children’s Law Center, Rickell served as the Director for the Human Rights in Prison Litigation project at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, where she represented state prisoners in Ohio’s largest prison healthcare class action suit, Fussell v. Wilkinson, in addition to representing individual prisoners in prison condition cases.
Rickell is also a volunteer board member of the Central Community Health Board and the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, both located in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also founded the Wise Counsel legal ministry at her church, Light of the World Ministries, where she provides legal resources to persons who are unable to afford an attorney.