district attorney, Fulton County, Georgia
Paul Howard is Fulton County District Attorney and is currently serving his third term. He is the first African-American to be elected district attorney in the history of the State of Georgia. Prior to being elected district attorney in 1996, Howard served as Fulton County's Solicitor General for four years. A cum laude graduate of Morehouse College in political science, Howard received the school's Marvin C. Magnum Legal Achievement Award. His exemplary undergraduate performance also earned him an academic scholarship at Emory University's School of Law. While doing graduate work at Emory, Howard became the president of the Black American Law Students Association and later the vice president of the Student Bar Association.