WVU Professor Emeritus Forest J. “Jack” Bowman Speaks to ALMBS

WVU Professor Emeritus Forest J. “Jack” Bowman

Bowman, a native of Petersburg, W.Va., enrolled at WVU in 1956 and served as president of the freshman class. He was elected student body president in 1959-1960. Bowman was a member of the social fraternity Phi Kappa Psi, Helvetia, Sphinx and Mountain. He also was a member of the Army ROTC.

After graduation, Bowman attended the WVU College of Law where he served as associate editor of the West Virginia Law Review. As one of three outstanding graduates, Bowman received the Patrick Duffy Koontz Award upon graduation in 1963.

Bowman served four years with the Judge Advocate Generals Corps in the U.S. Army after graduation. After his service, he practiced law briefly in Charleston and then became the Deputy Commissioner of Workers Compensation in West Virginia, and in 1974, Bowman was named the first Administrative Director of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

In 1979 Bowman joined the WVU College of Law faculty where he taught for 23 years. From 1990 to 2000 he was the Hale J. Posten Professor of Law, and served as the Jackson Kelly Professor of Law from 2000 until his retirement. He was named Professor of the Year by seven graduating classes.

In 1983, 1993, and 2002, Bowman was awarded the highest honor the State Bar can bestow upon a member, The West Virginia State Bar Certificate of Merit. He was also awarded the Harrison Tweed award for outstanding contributions to continuing legal education in America from the American Law Institute & American Bar Association in 1995. In addition to numerous awards and honors, Bowman was honored with inclusion into the prestigious West Virginia University Order of Vandalia – the highest honor bestowed by the University.

Jack is a graduate of the 1955 American Legion Mountaineer Boys State.