Deirdre Bowen

Associate Professor of Law


Professor Bowen has an undergraduate degree from Boston University, cum laude, and a J.D., cum laude from the University of Buffalo School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Adolf Homberger Award for excellence in Civil Procedure.

After practicing complex litigation in Washington, D.C., at Shaw, Pittman, Potts, & Trowbridge, she headed the consumer mediation department at Call For Action, a national non-profit consumer advocacy group. As a graduate student in Sociology at the University of Washington, Professor Bowen received the Norman S. Hayner award for excellence in her field in 1995. After completing her Ph.D. in 2002, Professor Bowen taught Sociology, Statistics, and Research Methods at the University of Washington Bothell, and Seattle University, where she was honored with the 2007 Faculty Appreciation award from the Criminal Justice department.

From 2001 to 2007, Professor Bowen taught Family Law and Consumer Law as an adjunct faculty member of the law school before joining the faculty full time. She has presented her work on families, plea bargaining, and race issues both nationally and internationally at sociology as well as law conferences.

Dr. Bowen was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to serve on the Washington State Child Support Guidelines Commission. Deirdre Bowen, the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Junior Faculty Competition's Best Paper Award, September 2010. She has been interviewed and quoted in many media sources, including The New York Times. Professor Bowen is also the director of the Madrid Law & Policy Study Abroad Program.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., cum laude, Boston University, 1987
  • J.D., cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Buffalo School of Law, 1990; Moot Court Board
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Department of Sociology, 2002


  • Legal Writing

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