ARB BOARD MEMBERS
E. Cooper Brown, Member
E. Cooper Brown was appointed Vice Chair of the Administrative Review Board in January, 2010. He was reappointed as a Member of the ARB in January, 2016. Prior to his appointment, Judge Brown served as Chief Administrative Appeals Judge of the District of Columbia’s Compensation Review Board, responsible for agency appellate adjudication of workers’ disability compensation claims. Judge Brown previously served as an administrative appeals judge with the ARB during the Clinton Administration. Prior to his government service Judge Brown was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Cummins & Brown. His private practice, which commenced in Hawaii following graduation from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1974, includes over twenty-five years of experience before federal and state courts in the areas of labor and employment law, disability compensation, constitutional and administrative law, veterans’ rights, personal injury torts, and environmental law.
Joanne Royce, Member
Joanne Royce was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in July 2010. Royce has worked as a public interest attorney for over 2 decades. Prior to joining the Board, she worked for several years on the Hill - as senior counsel first for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and later for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to her government service, Royce worked for 15 years with the Government Accountability Project (GAP), a non-profit law firm which represents whistleblowers. At GAP, she served as a program director, senior litigator and finally as General Counsel.
Leonard Howie, Member
Leonard Howie was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in January, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Judge Howie served as Director of DOL’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs where he was responsible for the implementation of medical benefit and income replacement programs for qualified federal employees, coal miners, former nuclear weapons workers, and longshore and harbor workers. Before joining DOL, Judge Howie served as the Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for the State of Maryland. His core responsibilities included providing executive leadership for the State’s Wage and Hour programs, and ensuring the proper enforcement of safety regulations. Prior to his state service, Judge Howie was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Judge Howie began his professional career as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and hold a Juris Doctor and an MBA from Georgetown University.