biosketch as of 1983
HOWARD N. RICHARDS was appointed to The University of Texas System
Board of Regents by Governor Dolph Briscoe, in January, 1979.
last updated April 1983
Mr. Richards, formerly of Beaumont but now of Austin, is a lawyer
and has had extensive activity in legislative, as well as legal matters.
He held numerous leadership positions while on the staff of Governor
Briscoe, from April 1973 to May 1978.
In 1973, Mr. Richards, while on the Governor's staff, served as
administrative assistant, legal counsel and legislative liaison to the
63rd Session of the Texas Legislature. Also, in 1973, he was
administrator of the Governor's Office of Traffic Safety. From October
1973 to July 1975, he served as legal counsel to the Governor and
liaison to the Constitutional Convention and 64th Session of the
Legislature. In 1978, he served as Governor Briscoe's appointments
Mr. Richards graduated from San Angelo High School in 1952, and
received his B.B.A. and LL.B. degrees in 1960 from The University of
Texas at Austin. While at the University, he was a member of Texas
Cowboys, a service organization; Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity; and
Phi Kappa Psi social fraternity.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956 to 1958.
His extensive legal career covers positions as briefing attorney
for Texas Supreme Court Judges Rue1 Walker and James Norvell;
association with Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney & Neely, in Dallas, and
partner in O'Brien and Richards, in Beaumont. He moved to Austin in the
fall of 1980 to become a partner in the Austin office of Jenkens and
Gilchrist, a Dallas-based law firm.
He has held office in or is currently a member of these
professional organizations: Joint Advisory Committee on Governmental
Operations, Texas Bar Association, Jefferson County Bar Association,
Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Central City Development Corporation
(Beaumont), and U.T. Ex-Student's Association.
He is past president and director of the Jefferson County Junior
Bar Association, and is past district director of the State Junior Bar.
His father, C. K. Richards, deceased, was Associate Justice of the
Third Court of Civil Appeals in Austin.
Mr. Richards, born in 1934, was married to the late Katherine Ross,
who died in 1980. He has a daughter, Pamela, and a son, Kent. They are
members of the Episcopal Church.