Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Lisa Howell Lauderdale County Court judge.
Howell’s appointment is effective Nov. 1. She will replace Judge Frank M. Coleman, who is retiring Oct. 31. Howell joins Judge Veldore Young Graham on the county court bench. Howell’s post will appear on the ballot in November 2018.
“Lisa’s experience in private practice and as a prosecutor make her a very good fit for Lauderdale County Court judge,” Gov. Bryant said. “She has proven herself an outstanding public servant, and I am delighted she has accepted this appointment.”
Howell has served as assistant district attorney for the 10th Circuit Court District, which includes Lauderdale County, since 1995. Prior to that, she worked in private practice in Meridian.
“I am humbled by the amazing opportunity given to me by the governor,” Howell said. “It is my desire, working along with Judge Young Graham, to continue transforming our youth court and drug court into real solutions for the problems facing the most vulnerable among us.”
Howell earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1986, and a juris doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 1991. She is a 1982 graduate of Meridian High School.
She serves as welfare chairman of the Junior Auxiliary of Meridian and is a member of the Lauderdale County Bar Association and the National District Attorneys Association. Howell attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Meridian.