Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program
Within the nationally recognized legal writing program, Professor Bowman teaches legal research, objective and persuasive writing, and oral advocacy. Professor Bowman is also co-faculty advisor to the Seattle University Law Review, for whom she has provided training on substantive and technical editing. Professor Bowman also co-facilitates Seattle University’s Arrupe Seminar on the Foundations and Visions of Jesuit Education, a bi-weekly, year-long seminar for university faculty and staff. She has also served as a Writing Advisor within the law school.
Before joining the law faculty in 2001, Professor Bowman practiced environmental law at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, in Seattle. She specialized in advising telecommunications clients about environmental issues. She also practiced employment law, with a focus on wage and hour claims. While clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly, she worked on Ninth Circuit cases when the judge sat by designation on the Ninth Circuit, and she worked on complex immigration and environmental matters as well. Within the law school, Professor Bowman has served as a faculty advisor for students interested in pursuing clerkship opportunities.
Professor Bowman has made several presentations. With Professor Janet Dickson, she co-presented “Creative Problems, Engaged Students: A Process-Oriented Approach to Designing Legal Writing Problems” at the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference in 2006. They also gave a presentation on effective student conferencing at the 2003 Pacific Northwest Legal Writing Conference. Professor Bowman has also taught several CLEs, on topics such as recent developments in Confrontation Clause jurisprudence, comments on invocation of Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, and writing clearly and concisely. Nationally, Professor Bowman also serves on the final committee selecting the winner of the Scribes Law Review Award for best student note or comment, as well as on the screening committee for Scribes’ National Best Brief Award.
Currently, Professor Bowman is writing about the use of a criminal informant’s self-incriminating statements in analyzing the informant’s veracity. She is also working with Professor Janet Dickson on research into generational theory and teaching, particularly teaching Millennial law students; they will be presenting on this topic at the Northwest Legal Writing Conference in August 2007.
Seattle University School of Law
Phone: (206) 398.4019
- B.A., summa cum laude, Seattle University, 1995
- J.D., Stanford Law School, 1998; Order of the Coif
- Clerk to Judge Thomas S. Zilly, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- Legal Writing