Oct 2017: Featured Volunteer Brent S. Howard (Stillwater)
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
Brent S. Howard is a homegrown attorney. He attended grade school and High School in the rural surrounds of Altus, Oklahoma. He attained an Agricultural Economics and Accounting Degree from Oklahoma State University and a Law degree from University of Oklahoma. He then went on to attain Legal Masters (LL.M.) in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. He has been certified to practice by the Oklahoma Bar Association as well as the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Howard has now come home because he “saw that there was a lack of information and a lack of people knowledgeable in implementing estate and tax planning on a comprehensive basis.” Since returning home Mr. Howard has become a valued asset to the community he volunteers in all aspects of the community. He is the Chairman of the Board of Regents for Western Oklahoma State College, committees at the First United Methodist Church, he is the past President of the local Bar Association, a member of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and he is a State Director for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Association.
Mr. Howard uses his knowledge “to help tax-exempt organizations organize their paperwork. For all Non-Profit Organizations he “donates half of his time when he helps with filing for IRS recognition, organizing documents with the State, or other non-litigation work.” Some of his most memorable work he has done is with the youth of our community. He holds much esteem in a quote he heard at a local seminar “Your job or profession should not define who you are, it should only be a platform for you setting that definition.”
Mr. Howard continually helps with annual legal clinics involving the youth in our high schools featuring the Oklahoma Bar Association own guide “You are 18 now”. He thrives on being a mentor to local youth and giving guidance into future endeavors. Although he may not be the traditional Pro Bono Attorney Legal Aid sees daily he brings a world of knowledge to other areas of law we do not delve in so that our clients have a growing appreciation for our referral systems. We are a small rural community that work hand and hand with other local Non-profits and by Mr. Howard helping these smaller non-profits it brings more advantages to our communities. For example, one such non-profit he has been helping is our local House of Grace and Mercy which would help mothers and children be provided the basic skill sets to be independent or less dependent on others to care for their children. This would help mothers reintegrate with their children after separations have occurred. This also extends to the local Exodus House which is a “proven effective program for ex-offenders to get on their feet and prepare to be an asset to the community. This program has succeeded in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.
Without Mr. Howard’s help and initiative to serve this community these smaller non-profits may not be able to move forward. He should be acknowledged for his long standing help and the guidance he provides for both the youth of our community as well as the overall community. We would like to thank him for his service and we look forward to our futures together in this community.
- Pro Bono/Legal Services