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Forest Jackson Bowman
Forest Jackson Bowman is the Jackson Kelly Professor of Law Emeritus at West Virginia University. Mr. Bowman serves as Special Ethics Counsel for the firm of Burns White. He is a 1960 graduate of West Virginia University, where he was President of the Student Body, and graduated from the WVU College of Law in 1963, having served as Associate Editor of the West Virginia Law Review.
Mr. Bowman is a former Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar and served as the first Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has twice received the "Certificate of Merit," the highest award which The West Virginia State Bar can bestow on one of its members. He is a Past President of The West Virginia Bar Association (the fourth oldest state bar association in the country) and is the Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Salvation Army's College for Officers' Training in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Bowman served four years with the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Captain, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal upon his separation from the Army.
Mr. Bowman is nationally recognized as a lecturer and expert witness in the fields of Legal Ethics and Lawyer Malpractice. Since 1985, he has conducted seminars on these and other topics in thirty states and two Canadian provinces and has served as a consultant or expert witness in cases in over a dozen states. He has brought his expertise to the classroom with such effectiveness that he has been named "Professor of the Year" six times at the WVU College of Law and in 1988 was named "Professor of the Year" for all of higher education in the State of West Virginia by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia. In 1995, he received the Harrison Tweed Award from the American Bar Association for his outstanding service in the field of post-graduate legal education. In 1997, he was named "Lawyer Citizen of the Year" by The West Virginia Bar Foundation for "outstanding public service to the citizens of West Virginia." In May 1999, he was named to the inaugural class of Fellows of The West Virginia Bar Foundation.
Areas Of Law
West Virginia University College of Law (J.D. 1963)
West Virginia University (B.A. 1960)
American Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
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