Attorney Laddie Howard to Challenge SSRP’s Black Males Project

Monday, April 25, 2011

Attorney Laddie T. Howard will challenge participants in the Black Males Project (BMP) to “Aspire, Become and Contribute” at its Spring Celebration Banquet on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 6 p.m., according to Terrence Cummings, executive director for the Student Success and Retention Program.  The event will be held in the Robert S. Evans Walnut Room located on the SC State University campus.


“Esquire Howard is the epitome of excellence and not just for Black Males; he is the American story,” says Cummings.  “I met Mr. Howard as a freshman when Dr. Roy L. Simms, former director of the Honors Program, actively recruited this scholar from Sumter, S.C. to come to SC State University.  His track record is inspiring and he certainly will be able to pour into the Black Males Project participants,” continues Cummings. 


Howard is a 1993 cum laude graduate of SC State University who majored in English and who possesses excellent oratorical skills.  Among a few of his many accomplishments at SC State, he was a member and officer of the Honors Program, a presidential scholar, the first South Carolina State University Thurgood Marshall Scholar (1989-1993), and he held memberships in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.  Howard was also overwhelmingly elected by his peers as Student Government Association president from 1992-1993.  He was also among the first group in the Honors Program that wrote a senior theses.  His was entitled:  “Thurgood Marshall: When Moral Justification Was Not Enough, He Gave Us The Law” (1993). 


Labeling Howard as “exceptionally well read and a thoughtful scholar,” Cummings insists that Howard always aspired to become a lawyer.  After graduation from SC State University and following one of his mentors, Thurgood Marshall, Howard entered law school and earned the Juris Doctorate in 1996 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


Currently, Howard is president of The Howard Association, Inc. that serves as legal counsel for political and governmental matters, representing clients in all of its governmental affairs and lobbying efforts.  This service includes legal consultation, monitoring legislation relevant to the client, providing representation at the local and federal levels as well as the South Carolina General Assembly.  Howard is also owner of Imperial Transportation Service (I.T.S.), LLC.  I.T.S. is a professional chauffeuring service based in Columbia, S.C. serving many corporations.  Within the last three years, I.T.S. has become the number one chauffeuring service in the Columbia market.  Howard also formerly served as attorney and lobbyist for the South Carolina Association of Counties. 


His professional affiliations have included the Great Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as board member to Engenuity SC, the National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina, Brookland Foundation, Foundation for Columbia’s Future and Columbia Property Maintenance Board of Appeals. 


Among his legislative and community successes, Howard’s work with his former clients have included negotiating passage of the Y2K legislation to protect local governments; securing passage of legislation to allow gays and lesbians visitation rights in nursing homes; successfully defending against the passage of legislation to prevent gay and lesbian couples from adopting; securing $1 million dollars in funding for the Community Economic Development Act and successfully extended the funding upon sun-setting provisions taking effect under the Act; and securing passage of legislation forcing the SC State Ports Authority to develop a port terminal in Jasper County.  Howard has also defended the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) against attempts to place higher background security requirements on ILA members than are required of other personnel at and around the State’s ports. He also secured several hurricane disaster arrangements with counties around South Carolina, including Charleston, in the event of a natural disaster. 


Marcus Corbett, director of the BMP, says, “Attorney Howard provides for gentlemen in BMP evidence contrary to the stereotypical views of Black males.  In fact, there are scores of Black males who are contributing to their families, communities and societies, but these stories are not always front page.  SC State University has no dearth of Black male success stories, and in my role, I am committed to ensure that the legacy before us continues.  This alumnus makes a pronouncement in a very notable and meaningful way that SC State is on the cutting edge to support Black Males in college.”
           

Cummings indicates that Corbett has worked intimately with SSRP’s BMP this year, empowering SC State men through workshops and forums that have included academic preparedness, financial literacy, writing for success, health and physical awareness, career development and social activities like bowling and attending football and basketball games as a group.  “Mr. Howard’s presentation will further catapult SC State’s BMP to raise the bar and rise to excellence,” Corbett commented. 


Howard, a consummate professional, is also a devoted husband and father.  He is married to the former Stacey Elaine Mason and they have a daughter, Satchell Elaine, and a son, Laddie Mason.  The Howards reside in Columbia, S.C. 


For information about the BMP, contact Marcus D. Corbett at (803) 516-4977 or email him at mcorbet2@scsu.edu