Judge John Bowman

Judge John Bowman - Florida Circuit Judge

About Judge John Bowman

Judge John Bowman has served as a circuit judge in the state of Florida since 2002. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988 and is “AV-rated” by Martinadle-Hubble. In addition, Judge John Bowman has served as an associate judge in the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal and worked in private practice before becoming a judge.

Bowman is responsible for securing technology that tracks family cases across multiple divisions and has held oversight for training new judges in the dependency division. He was the judicial representative for the Broward County Bar Association in 2009 and for the One Community Partnership, a project coordinating mental health services in Broward County. He earned his undergraduate degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University, where he was a Phi Theta Kappa scholar. He attained his JD from St. Thomas University, where he was chosen for the State Moot Court Team.

Judge Bowman was elected President of the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court for 2014-2015. The American Inn of Court promoted excellence in advocacy skills, foster professionalism, civility, and ethical awareness among its members.

National Adoption Day in Broward County, Florida

Judge John Bowman was elected to Florida’s 17th Circuit Court bench in 2002, in the Circuit Civil Division, after receiving his JD from St. Thomas University School of Law. Prior to his election to the bench, Judge John Bowman practiced law at a firm that focused on guardianship, probate, and estate litigation and became involved in National Adoption Day, an event he chaired in Broward County for more than 10 years.

National Adoption Day began in 2000, as a way to raise awareness of the tens of thousands of children in foster care waiting to be adopted. Since then, over 54,000 children have joined permanent families thanks in part to the efforts of this annual nationwide event that takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

In Broward County, National Adoption Day begins with families attending their final adoption hearings, allowing them to bring their children home permanently. When the hearings are complete, new families get a chance to celebrate together with commemorative photos, food, games, and music.

Broward County Holds 2015 National Adoption Day

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Judge John Bowman has worked for more than a decade building a successful career as a circuit judge with the civil trial court of the State of Florida. Among his numerous professional accomplishments, Judge John Bowman has supported efforts to find homes for foster children through his annual involvement in the Broward County National Adoption Day.

In cooperation with the Florida Department of Children and Families and ChildNet, Broward County has held its National Adoption Day for over a decade. While it is part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness for the thousands of foster children who need permanent homes, the day also serves to recognize the parents and families who are in the process of completing their adoptions at the time.

On November 22, 2015, Broward County hosted its annual Adoption Day at the county courthouse. Under the careful watch of Judge John Bowman, the event saw its most successful year to date, with a record 43 children adopted during the event. The nearly 40 adoptive families included former adoptees and foster parents who decided to officially adopt the children under their care. Throughout the day, the newly-adopted children formally marked the start of their new lives by banging the judge’s gavel on the courtroom table. Judge Bowman was joined by Judges Hope Bristol, Kenneth Gillespie, Stacey Schulman, Jack Tutor and Chief Judge Peter Weinstein.

Technology in the Courtroom Boosts Efficiency

A community advocate prior to his days on the bench, Judge John Bowman utilizes his extensive law experience to bring about favorable transformation in his jurisdiction and state. Serving as a circuit court judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Judge John Bowman spearheaded the creation of a technological tracking system to monitor cases regarding the same family across multiple divisions, keeping all judges abreast of the related cases involving each family in their respective courtrooms and providing greater efficiency for each family.

Technological advances, innovative ideas, and open-minded judges all contribute to the growing use of technology in the US court system. Due to the inclusion of modern technologies in Florida courts, the state is considered a pioneer. One example of court-based cutting-edge technology is the Electronic Filing Court Records Portal (ePortal), which allows clerks and case managers to file records electronically, increasing timeliness, effectiveness, and access to information.

Lawyer Referral Through the Broward County Bar Association

John Bowman works as a circuit judge for the state of Florida. Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988, Judge John Bowman has previously served as the judicial representative for the Broward County Bar Association (BCBA). One of the services offered by the BCBA is the lawyer referral and information service.

To receive a referral to an experienced lawyer, interested parties can call, email, or visit the BCBA. The person seeking a referral is required to pay a $50 administration fee to the BCBA and briefly explain the circumstance leading to their call or visit. Payments can be accepted with cash, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express and must be received before a referral is given. The referral manager will then offer the name and phone number of the recommended attorney.

Those seeking referrals may then call the attorney and schedule a 30-minute consultation, during which legal options will be discussed. It should be noted that the BCBA does not have attorneys in their offices, and that no referrals are provided for pro bono services.

The One Community Partnership of Broward County

John Bowman, a circuit judge for the state of Florida, works in Fort Lauderdale. Outside of his career as a judge, John Bowman is active in his community, winning the 2007 Community Advocate of the Year Award. Judge Bowman was also a board member of the One Community Partnership.

A local project of Broward County, the One Community Partnership was enabled by a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant. The program was a six-year project designed to re-evaluate and redesign mental health services for children in the Broward County area who had serious emotional disturbances.

The goal of the project was for the children to function in the least restrictive environment possible while still receiving the clinical support they needed. In 2008, the county released the final report of the One Community Partnership, detailing the new mental health services and regime offered. In accordance with the original goal of the program, the health services were family-focused and youth-centered, with a new Teen Advocacy Coalition (TAC) and multiple other support systems. The partnership itself went on to inspire reform throughout services in the state, and was awarded gold recognition, the most prestigious award possible, from ECCO (Excellence in Communications and Outreach). To read the report, visit broward.org.

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