In Memoriam: Howard Shapiro

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In Memoriam: Howard Shapiro


Howard Shapiro's keen intellect and quick wit shaped his work as an attorney in both governmental and private practice. After serving in the U.S. Maritime Service and, then, the U.S. Army from 1945-49, Howard returned to his home state of illinois to enroll as an undergraduate at the University of illinois, Champaign, and he subsequently graduated from Columbia Law School in 1955.

Over his 30-year career as a government attorney, Howard held positions with the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Among his positions were Chief of the Appellate Section of the Antitrust Division for the Department of Justice, Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, and Deputy General Counsel for the Federal Trade Commission.

Appellate advocacy was Howard's passion-and one he shared with his wife Harriet. In 1975, Howard and Harriett became the first married couple to have both appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in the same term. During the course of his career, Howard argued fifteen Supreme Court cases and was lead counsel on innumerable appellate matters. In addition, he received one of the Department of Justice's highest honors, the John Marshall Award for Appellate Advocacy.

On January 1, 1978, Howard was appointed the Solicitor for the newlyformed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He served in that position from 1978-79, leading the appellate advocacy as the Commission was embroiled in litigation over natural gas deregulation and also implementing a suite of new energy policies, including the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978. …

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