Howard Anglin grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and attended McGill University where he read English Literature. He pursued graduate studies in literature before changing paths to attend New York University Law School, where he was an editor of the NYU Law Review, served as president of the NYU chapter of the Federalist Society, and was a research assistant for Prof. Alan Dershowitz.
After graduating in 2002, he practiced international securities law with two international law firms in New York and London, U.K., before accepting a clerkship with the Hon. Diarmuid O’Scannlainn on the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. After clerking, he resumed legal practice in Washington, D.C., with a focus on appellate litigation. In 2010-2011 he was a Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute.
In 2011, he moved to Ottawa to serve as Chief of Staff to The Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism. In 2013, he moved to the Prime Minister's Office where he first served as Senior Adviser, Legal Affairs and Policy, with responsibility for Justice, Immigration, Public Safety, and Democratic Reform policy. In 2014 he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper. While in Ottawa, he was named by the Hill Times as one of the 25 “Most Powerful and Influential People in Government and Politics” in Canada for 2015 and by Embassy Magazine as one of the “Top 80 Influencing Canadian Foreign Policy” for 2013.
After leaving Ottawa, he consulted on immigration and integration in relation to the 2015-2016 migrant crisis for the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Berlin, Germany and became Executive Director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation in Calgary, where he oversees litigation in defence of constitutional rights and freedoms.
He has written on topics ranging from law and foreign policy to literature and art in publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Policy Options, the Hill Times, the Toronto Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal Gazette, Huffington Post, iPolitics, National Review Online, the Dorchester Review, the Salisbury Review, the American Conservative, and the N.Y.U. Law Review.