Howard served as an attorney with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) from 1973 until his retirement in 2013, where he served as Chief Attorney at Eastside District Court in Baltimore City for 22 years.
In his work with the OPD, he was involved in implementation of new initiatives dealing with treatment and alternatives to incarceration such as Early Resolution Court and the Special Prostitution Diversion program, and the first Domestic Violence Court in the State. In 2010 he became the Chief Attorney for Program Resources, where he was responsible for policy, planning and linking treatment and resources to criminal justice system and court programs.
Howard also worked on implementation of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Program and Baltimore Buprenorphine Initiative and served as the OPD representative with the Judiciary, criminal justice agencies, and behavioral health private and public agencies and support services. He also served on the State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, and statewide Drug Treatment and Mental Health Court oversight committees. He was appointed to the Baltimore County Human Relations Commissioner in 2009. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland Law School in 1971.