Pasco Bowman II

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Pasco Bowman
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
August 1, 2003
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
April 17, 1998 – April 24, 1999
Preceded by Richard S. Arnold
Succeeded by Roger Leland Wollman
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
July 19, 1983 – August 1, 2003
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Jesse Smith Henley
Succeeded by Raymond Gruender
Personal details
Born Pasco Middleton Bowman II
1933 (age 83–84)
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Education Bridgewater College (B.A.)
New York University School of Law (J.D.)
London School of Economics
University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M.)

Pasco Middleton Bowman II (born 1933) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

A former Fulbright scholar, Bowman was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia and grew up in New Market, Virginia and Timberville, Virginia. He graduated from New Market High School, and in 1955 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. He took his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1958, where he was a Root-Tilden scholar and served as managing editor of the law review. He then went into private practice of law. From 1958 to 1964, with time out for military service and his Fulbright year at the London School of Economics, he was associated with the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.[1]

Bowman was a member of the faculty of University of Georgia School of Law from 1964 to 1970. He was then dean and professor at Wake Forest University School of Law from 1970 to 1978, and a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1978 to 1979. He was dean and professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law from July 1979 to July 1983. During this entire period he was also a United States Army Reserve Colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1959 to 1984.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 24, 1983, Bowman was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan to a seat vacated by Judge Jesse Smith Henley. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 18, 1983, and received commission on July 19, 1983. He served as Chief Judge from 1998 to 1998. He took senior status on August 1, 2003.[1]

Bowman completed the graduate program for judges at the University of Virginia School of Law and received his Master of Laws from the University of Virginia in 1986. He was on the short list of candidates to fill the United States Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. in 1987, a seat that ultimately went to Justice Anthony Kennedy. His service to the federal judiciary includes tours of duty on the Criminal Law Committee, the Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee and the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center.

Notable clerk[edit]

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter clerked for Bowman.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bowman, Pasco Middleton II - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  2. ^ "Ann Coulter". Retrieved 6 March 2017. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Jesse Smith Henley
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
1983–2003
Succeeded by
Raymond Gruender
Preceded by
Richard S. Arnold
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Roger Leland Wollman