Randall M. Howe was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals on May 29, 2012, by Governor Janice K. Brewer. From 2008 until his appointment, he served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona first as an Assistant United States Attorney and then as the Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division. From 2001 to 2008, he was the Chief Counsel of the Criminal Appeals Section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. For the previous 12 years, he served as an attorney first in the Criminal Appeals Section and then as the appellate supervisor in the Liability Management Section. He personally represented the state and federal governments in more than 400 appeals and habeas actions, and has argued 84 cases in the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Howe argued Clark v. Arizona before the United States Supreme Court in April 2006.
Judge Howe graduated from Arizona State University College of Business, Summa Cum Laude, in 1985 and Arizona State University College of Law, Cum Laude, in 1988. In 2002, he received the Young Alumnus Award from the Arizona State University Alumni Association.
Judge Howe has been involved in many Arizona State Bar and legal education activities. He has served as a disciplinary hearing officer from 1989 to 2008. He chaired the Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession from 2005 to 2007 and the Executive Council of the State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section in 2011–12. He has served as faculty at various seminars on criminal and appellate law. In 2007, the State Bar awarded Judge Howe the Distinguished Public Lawyer Award.
Judge Howe has also been involved in the disability community since 1988. He served as Chair of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2004 to 2005. In 2005, he received the Mayor’s Award from the City of Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues for his leadership in increasing public awareness about issues affecting people with disabilities. He served as President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for Disability Law and Chair of the Board of Directors of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living from 2010 to 2012.