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 now serves as its Executive Director, overseeing the Center’s operations at Northwestern law and in three other locations.  He is one of Chicago’s most prominent civil rights attorneys with a long track record of success in a wide variety of police misconduct and other criminal justice-related cases.  Before joining the Center, Bowman was a criminal defense lawyer at Silets & Martin, an assistant corporation counsel in the City of Chicago Law Department, an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt, and a law clerk to Judge Hubert L. Will of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  He was named a Chicago Legal Legend by the American Constitution Society in 2015, was voted an Illinois “Super Lawyer” in 2005 through 2009, and is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors.

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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