Claire Howard graduated from Yale University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. She received a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon and returned back to Connecticut where she spent several years working for non-profit organizations as a policy analyst. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 2013 from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
During her time in law school, Claire won first place in the 2011 William H. Hastie Moot Court Competition and was a member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board and President of the Black Law Students Association. She worked in UConn’s Criminal Appellate Clinic, where she successfully argued a Motion to Dismiss and co-authored a reply brief to the Connecticut Appellate Court. She participated in the Building Urban Communities Clinic, representing Connecticut non-profits as an in-house counsel. She also interned for the Honorable Vanessa Bryant, United States District Court, District of Connecticut.
Claire won the Connecticut Bar Association’s Employment Section’s 2013 Writing Competition for authoring the article, “An Emerging Protected Class: Employment Discrimination in Connecticut and Transgendered Persons.” She also authored the article “A New First Amendment Battleground: Challenges Facing Local Governments by the Occupy Movement and Proactive Responses to Future Movements,” published in the Urban Lawyer, vol. 45, no. 2.
State of Connecticut, 2013
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2014
Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee, Women in the Law Law Co-Chair, Connecticut Bar Association
Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
George W. Crawford Black Bar Association