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Howard K.
Watkins grew up in
Southern California before
attending UC Berkeley where he graduated in 1969 with a BA in Political Science
and received a Juris Doctorate from
Hastings College of the Law
in 1972.  He met his wife, Christine,
while at
Berkeley where she
obtained her BA in English and teaching credential.  They married on
July 4, 1971, and moved
Fresno in
1973.  Howard was an attorney with
Fresno County Legal
Services for over 12 years and then with the Office of
Fresno County Counsel until his
retirement in 2007.  Howard and his wife
have two grown children—Adam and Robin, and an adorable grandson, Oliver.

began taking photographs in junior high school with a simple Brownie
camera.  While he upgraded his cameras over
the years, he did not switch to the digital format until 2004.  His collection of photographs now exceeds 180,000
with 120,000 of them on film.  Most of
his photographs are of people, places, and events in the greater
Fresno area.  He is the official photographer for the Fresno County Bar
Association.  He has taken photographs
for the State Bar of
California, the California Supreme
Court, and literally hundreds of community organizations, including Fresno
Metro Ministry, Friends of the Library, KVPR, and the Ken Maddy Institute.  In 2007, the Mayor of
Fresno designated
Howard as the City's current Photo Laureate with Pop
Laval being its
first.  Several of his photographs have
received art show awards.

by the historic Pop Laval Photographic Archive Collection and encouraged by
others, Howard decided to partner with the Henry Madden Library at
CSU Fresno and
the Fresno Regional Foundation to raise the money needed to digitize his
photographic collection with the goal of making it a database accessible by the
general public through the Internet. 
Howard will be devoting his time to indexing the photographs over the
next 10+ years.  Current photographs and
information on the Photo Archive Project are at his personal website at

is also an active member of our community. 
He has received many awards for his work, including the Fresno County
Bar Association's Bernie Witkin Lifetime Achievement Award, t
he Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award from
the City of Fresno,
and a Commendation from the Legion of Valor
Museum.  He currently serves as President
of the Board of Trustees of his church.



Practice areas

  1. Domestic Violence: 80%
    43 years, 10 cases
  2. Unspecified: 20%

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1785 W Dovewood Ln
Fresno, CA, 93711


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Photo Laureate of FresnoMayor of Fresno2007
Certificate of Recognition AwardState Bar of California, Board of Governors2005
Alumnus of the YearHastings College of the Law--Fresno Alumni Chapter2004
Bernie E. Witkin Lifetime Achievement AwardFresno County Bar Association2002
Legion of Valor Museum CommendationLegion of Valor Museum1998
Mentor Attorney of the YearFresno County Young Lawyers Association1997
Justice Pauline Davis Hanson AwardFresno County Women Lawyers1994
President's Distinguished Service AwardCalifornia Women Lawyers1992
Lola Hanzel Courageous Advocacy AwardACLU-NC1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Watkins Photographic Archive ProjectFounding Member2006 - Present
California Supreme Court Historical SocietyMember1995 - Present
County Counsel Association's Child Welfare SectionChair1994 - 1995
California Women LawyersBoard Member1991 - 1999
Fresno County Bar AssociationPresident1987 - 1988
State Bar of California VLSP Advisory CommitteeChair1986 - 1987
Fresno County Bar AssociationHistorian1978 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fresno County DCFS v. Superior CourtCourt can override ICWA placement preferences
Webb v. Swoap (1974) 40 Cal.App.3s 191Invalidated State regulations
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA's Litigation Section Children's RightsFight Crime: Invest in Kida2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Beyond the Bench VOverview on Confidentiality of CPS Records1993