Chief Judge Howard was appointed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in May 2002. He became Chief Circuit Judge in 2015. Chief Judge Howard graduated from Plymouth State College in 1978 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. He served as an Attorney in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General from 1981 to 1988 and as Deputy Attorney General from 1988 to 1989. He then served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire from 1989 to 1993 and as the New Hampshire State Attorney General from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to 2002, Chief Judge Howard worked in private practice. Chambers phone number: (603) 225-1525.