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Pasco Bowman II

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

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Education and career

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

On May 24, 1983, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bowman to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to fill a seat vacated by Judge Jesse Smith Henley. The United States Senate confirmed Bowman on July 18, 1983, and he received his commission on July 19, 1983. He served as Chief Judge from 1998 to 1999. 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. Notably, Bowman authored the Eighth Circuit's opinion in Clinton v. Jones that held the Constitution does not protect the President from federal civil litigation involving actions committed before entering office.[2] The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment 9-0.

Notable clerk

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter clerked for Bowman.[3]


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


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