Howard has been actively involved with the legal aspects of child protection for 40 years. He has directed the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, leading a large staff in work on child welfare law and policy improvement, since its 1978 establishment. Prior to his tenure at the ABA he directed a pioneering Children’s Law Project in the early 1970’s at Greater Boston Legal Services.
He’s served as chair of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, is a founding board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is also on the governing boards of ECPAT-USA, a national group focused on law and policy reform related to child trafficking and sexual exploitation, and the National Foster Care Coalition. He recently served on a National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Child Maltreatment Panel and is an advisor to the National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths. He also recently was invited to make a presentation to the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.
His local work includes membership on Maryland Children’s Justice Act Committee and being named by the Mayor of Philadelphia to a Community Oversight Board helping guide improvements in that city’s child protection system. Howard also was selected as a U.S. delegate to the first World Congress Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Howard has authored many legal articles and book chapters related to child maltreatment and the law.