Judge John Bowman
Judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Judge John Bowman, who currently works in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, has earned a reputation for his efforts to streamline the judicial process and better meet the needs of children involved in court matters. The recipient of the 2007 Community Advocate of the Year award from the State of Florida's Guardian Ad Litem Program, Bowman earned election to the bench a decade ago. Since that time, Judge John Bowman has improved juvenile lockout rates and significantly reduced the waiting time for children to be adopted.
Aside from these accomplishments, Judge John Bowman assumed a direct role in enforcing the accountability of residential treatment facilities, which offer mental health care to individuals. After learning of allegations that patients suffered abuse at the hands of employees at these facilities, he took it upon himself to investigate the matter. Though initially dismissed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, Judge Bowman persisted, and his efforts resulted in the facilities' promise to thoroughly review complaints and implement patient safety guidelines. In addition, many of the noncompliant treatment centers had their licenses revoked.
Judge John Bowman has additionally lent this determination to causes outside the courts. For example, he assisted in the creation of a juvenile urgent response program in the wake of emergencies. In addition, he participates on the Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and lends his insights to the One Community Partnership Board as its judicial representative. Judge Bowman also regularly speaks at area schools.
Judge John Bowman holds a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University and a JD from St. Thomas University, where he earned selection to the Moot Court Team. When not working or volunteering his time, Judge John Bowman enjoys recreational activities such as boating and spending time outdoors.
Judge Bowman has been elected the President of the Stephen Bo
oher American Inns of Court for 2014-2015. The Inns of Court is comprised of attorneys, law professors, students and judges who promote the highest standards for ethical practice and competency.