Howard Canton is a Legal Advocate at MHAS. Howard’s tenure at MHAS began as a volunteer, helping staff legal clinics that MHAS participated in, and he was eventually brought on as an employee to provide support on various MHAS projects. Now, he works primarily on the Medical-Legal Community Partnership, where he assists indigent clients with a range of legal issues. He also provides support to other MHAS programs as needed.
A native of Los Angeles, Howard attended California State University, Fullerton, where he earned a BA in Philosophy. He later received his JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. While in law school, Howard was a certified clinical student for Loyola’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, where he worked with prisoners serving life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles. Prior to working at MHAS, Howard clerked at the Orange County Public Defender’s office, where he assisted in investigating, researching, and writing a 752 page motion to dismiss the death penalty in a high profile death penalty case.
Working at MHAS continues Howard’s mission to use his legal education to serve our most vulnerable populations.