Two Northwestern Law Faculty Members Honored as Legal Legends

July 21, 2015

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Chicago Chapter is honoring two members of the Northwestern Law faculty at their 2015 Legal Legends Luncheon on July 28. Joyce A. Hughes and Locke E. Bowman are two of the four honorees being recognized for their careers, and their commitment to the values of the US Constitution; individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of the law.

Now in its 10th year, the Legal Legends Luncheon has honored dozens of legal professionals including Dawn Clark Netsch (JD ’52), Newton N. Minow, (JD ’50), and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Hughes became the first Black female tenure-track professor at a majority law school in the U.S. in 1971. She has been at Northwestern Law for nearly 40 years, teaching Evidence, Fourteenth Amendment, and a seminar on Refugees and Asylum.

Bowman, executive director of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center has worked on a wide array of civil rights cases over the course of his career. A faculty member at Northwestern Law for nine years, Bowman’s litigation work has addressed many criminal justice issues, including police misconduct, compensation of the wrongfully convicted, and firearms control, among others.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy shapes the debate on legal and constitutional issues by building a network of legal professionals dedicated to the idea that the law should improve the lives of all people.