Memory of James E. Henson, Esq.
23, 1936 – December 13, 2020)
The Howard County Office of Law is sad to announce the
passing of our dear friend and former colleague, James Henson, a man who leaves
us a legacy of many firsts and accomplishments. Jim joined the office in 1981, becoming
the County’s first African American Assistant County Solicitor. He represented
County agencies and officials and was a valuable and key member of our legal
team. Pursuing his interest in civil rights, Jim later became the head of the Howard
County Office of Human Rights, where he focused on eliminating discrimination
in housing, employment, and other areas. In 1985, Jim also co-founded The
Everett J. Waring – Juanita Jackson Mitchell Law Society of Howard County to address
the concerns of African American attorneys. After retiring from Howard County
in 1997, Jim would visit the Office of Law from time to time and we remember
with great fondness and joy the warmth, the friendship, and the laughter we
shared with him. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jim’s family and friends,
as we mourn, remember, and celebrate his life with you.
Gary W. Kuc, County Solicitor
The Office of Law provides legal representation and advice to Howard County and its offices, departments, boards, commissions, and other agencies in an expeditious and professional manner. Pursuant to the Howard County Charter, the Office of Law does not advise or represent private citizens.
The County Solicitor is nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The Deputy County Solicitor is appointed by the County Solicitor. The County Solicitor appoints and supervises the Assistants to the County Solicitor and support staff.
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