Locke E. Bowman

Clinical Professor of Law
Executive Director, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center


Locke E. Bowman joined the MacArthur Justice Center in 1992 and has handled a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation. His work focuses on cases involving police misconduct, compensation of the wrongfully convicted, rights of the media in the criminal justice system, and firearms control. He previously served as law clerk to Judge Hubert L. Will of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt. He was also an assistant corporation counsel in the City of Chicago Law Department and a criminal defense lawyer at Silets & Martin before joining the center. Based on votes from fellow attorneys, Chicago Magazine named Bowman an Illinois “Super Lawyer” in 2005 and 2006 for his work in constitutional law and civil rights.

Selected Publications

  • Efficiency and Cost: The Impact of Videoconferenced Hearings on Bail Decisions in 100 journal of criminal law & criminology 869-902 (2010) (with Shari Seidman Diamond, Manyee Wong, and Matthew M. Patton).
  • Lemonade Out of Lemons: Can Wrongful Convictions Lead to Criminal Justice Reform? in 98 journal of criminal law and criminology 1501-1517 (2008).


  • AB, Harvard University
  • JD, University of Chicago Law School

Prior Appointments

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Hubert L. Will, Northern District of Illinois

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