Deirdre Bowen

Associate Professor of Law
Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Sullivan Hall 433
(206) 398-4289
dbowen@seattleu.edu

Education

B.A., cum laude, Boston University, 1987
J.D., cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Buffalo School of Law, 1990; Moot Court Board
Ph.D., University of Washington, Department of Sociology, 2002

Specializations

Legal Writing
Family Law

Biography

Dr. Deirdre Bowen is a nationally recognized expert in three areas: affirmative action, family law, and adjudication processes. Her work has been widely published and cited. She teaches in the law school's No. 2 ranked Legal Writing Program and also teaches family law. In addition, she is the co-director and founder of the Madrid Study Abroad Program in Law & Policy, where she teaches Comparative Family Law.

She graduated cum laude and with honors from Boston University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Philosophy. She then attended the University of Buffalo School of Law, graduating cum laude and winning the Adolph Homberger award for excellence in Civil Procedure and winning a position on the Moot Court Board. In Washington, D.C., Dr. Bowen practiced complex litigation at Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge. Then, she worked as the lead negotiator at Call For Action, a national consumer protection organization. In that role, she negotiated the largest settlement for consumer fraud in the history of the organization.

After four years of practicing law, Dr. Bowen pursued her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington, where she was awarded the Norman S. Hayner prize for Criminology. Her dissertation featured groundbreaking work on plea bargaining. She began her teaching career as a visiting professor at the University of Washington, Bothell and then moved to Seattle University's sociology and criminology department, where she taught courses in statistics, research design, deviance and social control, and family and society.

Her research on the legal system, nontraditional families, and affirmative action has been published in the top law journals in the country. Her work has garnered awards, such as Best Paper at the National People of Color Conference, been quoted in The New York Times, republished in textbooks, and been cited to in Supreme Court briefs and books— most recently by Professor Laurence Tribe. Dr. Bowen regularly speaks at national and international conferences. However, she is most proud to have been nominated Outstanding Professor of the year six times and awarded this honor in 2007, 2010 and 2018.

Publications

Articles

Deirdre M. Bowen, #NotMetoo: A Commonwealth for Mankind. ___ Louisville L. Rev. ___ (2019).

Kathryn Stanchi & Deirdre M. Bowen, This is Your Sword: How Damaging are Prior Convictions to Plaintiffs in Civil Trials? 89 Washington. L. Rev. 90 (2014).

Deirdre M. Bowen, All that Heaven Will Allow: A Statistical Analysis of the Co-existence of Same Sex Marriage and Gay Matrimonial Bans. 91 Den. L. Rev. 277 (2014).

Deirdre M. Bowen, American Skin: Dispensing with Colorblindness and Critical Mass. 73 U. Pittsburgh L. Rev. 109 (2012).

Deirdre M. Bowen, Meeting across the River: Why Affirmative Action Needs both Class and Race—A Response to Richard Sander. 88 Den. L. Rev. 751 (2011). (cited in Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution 2014.)

Deirdre M. Bowen, Brilliant Disguise: An Empirical Analysis of a Social Experiment Banning Affirmative Action. 85 Indiana Law Journal 1497 (2010). (cited in six U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs for Fisher v. University of Texas.

Deirdre M. Bowen, Calling Your Bluff:  How Prosecutors & Defense Attorneys Adapt Plea Bargaining Strategies in Response to Increased Formalization. 26 Justice Quarterly 2   (2009).

(Reprinted in Voices from Criminal Justice. (Ed. By Copes & Pogrebin Routledge Press 2011).

Deirdre M. Bowen, Differential Power in Same-Sex Families Based on Cultural and Legal Understanding of Parentage. 15 Wm & Mary J. of Women & the Law 1 (2008).

Book chapters

Deirdre M. Bowen, “Visibly Invisible” Chapter in Presumed Incompetent. (Ed. by Angela Harris & Carmen Gonzales University of Utah Press 2012).

Deirdre M. Bowen, “Going Beyond the Casebook in the Family Law Classroom” Chapter in Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader.

 (Ed. by Raquel Aldana, Steven Bender, Olympia Duhart, Michele Benedetto Neitz, Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Hari Osofsky, and Hazel Weiser Carolina Academic Press 2011).

Deirdre M. Bowen, “Affirmative Action in the United States.” Chapter in Affirmative Action: A Legal Analysis. (Brazilian Press 2010).

Deirdre M. Bowen, “Gender, Criminal Justice and Criminology.” Article length entry for The Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. (Edited by Jodi O’Brien. Thousand Oaks: Sage Press 2009).

Invited Speaker Presentations

  1. “Differential Power in Same-Sex Families Based on Cultural and Legal Understanding of Parentage.” University of New Mexico School of Law Emerging Scholars Series, Albuquerque, NM.
  1. Hot Topics Panel: What’s Race Got to Do with Post-Racialism? Moderated by Charles Ogletree at the American Association of Law Schools Conference, San Diego, CA.
  1. Race in Colorblind Spaces. The Third Annual Critical Race Symposium at UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA.
  1. The Relevance of Race in the Obama Era. The 15th Annual Paul Robeson Conference at Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY.
  1. Human Rights and Affirmative Action. Universidad do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  1. Presentation to the Director and other Stakeholders at the National Institute of General Medicine and Sciences at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.
  1. “A Tale of Two Diversities: Minority and Non-minority Student Perceptions of the Benefits of a Diverse Law School Classroom.” AALS Mid-Year Workshop on Race & the Law, NY, NY.
  1. “Brilliant Disguise: An Empirical Analysis of a Social Experiment Banning Affirmative Action.” Social Justice Lunchtime Speaker Boalt Hall U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Berkley, CA.
  1. “Advice on Doing Scholarship in the Legal Academy.” SALT Faculty Workshop. Chicago, IL.
  1. “Lessons Learned: Strategies Extracted from LSSSE Data on the Benefits of Diversity.” Tenth Anniversary LSSSE Conference. Saint Louis University. St. Louis, MO.
  1. “The Promised Land: An Empirical Analysis of Law Schools and How to Get Affirmative Action to Work for Everyone. Tulane School of Law. New Orleans, LA.
  1. “Addressing Bias in Family Law Cases.” Washington State Judicial Conference. Chelan, WA.
  1. “Re-creating the ‘Common’-wealth through a Durkheimian and Weberian Lens.” The Future of the Common-wealth Symposium. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
  1. “Brain-based Research on Bias and How Judges Can Adapt.” Washington State Judicial Conference. Spokane, WA.

Conference Presentations

  1. “Criminal Justice Professionals’ Perceptions of Victim Offender Mediation: Understanding Roles and Goals.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Seattle, WA.
  1. “How Increased Rationalization Affects Plea Bargaining in Felony Drug Cases.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Seattle, WA.
  1. “How Defense Attorneys Use Plea Bargaining Strategies to Respond to Increased Formalization.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association. Oakland, CA.
  1. “What Everybody’s Thinking but Nobody’s Saying: Underrepresented Minority Students’ Knowledge and Experience with Anti-Affirmative Action Laws and Higher Education. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association. Oakland, CA.
  1. “How Do Same-sex Couples Give Meaning to Cultural and Legal Definitions of Parental Rights as They Engage in Family Formation.” Presented at the 2007 Intersections of Race and Gender: (Re) Imagining the Family Conference. Seattle, WA.
  1. Plenary Guest Speaker on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Meaning of Family. Intersections of Race and Gender: (Re) Imagining the Family Conference. Seattle, WA.
  1. “Differential Power in Same-Sex Families Based on Cultural and Legal Understanding of Parentage.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association. Portland, OR.
  1. “Differential Power in Same-Sex Families Based on Cultural and Legal Understanding of Parentage.” Presented at the Law & Society Conference. Montreal, Canada.
  1. “Calling Your Bluff: How Prosecutors & Defense Attorneys Adapt Plea Bargaining Strategies to Increased Formalization.” Presented at the American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Conference. Tempe, AZ.
  1. “A Brilliant Disguise: an Empirical Assessment of the Colorblind Ideal in a Post Affirmative Action World.” Presented as a work in progress at the Lat/Crit. Conference. Seattle, WA.
  1. “Operating on the Margins: Three Parent Families Inside and Outside of the Law.” Presented at the Lat/Crit. Conference. Washington, D.C.
  1. “Visibly Invisible: Stigma and the Intersection of Race, Gender & Class for Students of Color striving for a Career in the Sciences.” Presented at the UCLA CRS Symposium. Los Angeles, CA.
  1. “Empiricism, Popular Media & Case Law Analysis.” Presented at the Vulnerable Populations Conference Golden Gate University. San Francisco, CA.
  1. “Grutter’s Regrets: An Empirical Analysis of How Affirmative Action is(n’t) working.” Presented at the Law & Society Conference. Chicago, IL.
  1. “Social Justice and Legal Writing: Perspectives of Faculty, Students, and Partner Organizations on Collaborative Legal Writing.” Presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute. Marco Island, FL.
  1. “Grutter’s Regrets: An Empirical Analysis of How Affirmative Action is(n’t) working.” Presented at the NPOC Legal Scholarship Conference,.Newark, NJ.
  1. “Grutter’s Regrets: An Empirical Analysis of How Affirmative Action is(n’t) working.” Presented at Lat/Crit XV. Denver, CO.
  1. “The Irrelevancy and Distraction of DOMA in Supporting Families.” Presented at the Emerging Family Law Scholars Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  1. “Meeting across the River: Why Affirmative Action Needs Race and Class Diversity—A Response to Richard Sander.” Presented at Lat/Crit XVI. San Diego, CA.
  1. “Why Formalize Plea Bargaining Disproportionately Affects Defendants of Color.” Presented at the Seattle University Law Review Symposium on Racial Bias and the Criminal Justice System. Seattle, WA.
  1. “Wealth and Class and the Intersection of Race in Higher Education” Presented at the Law & Society Conference. Honolulu, HI.
  1. “Borrowing Skills from other Disciplines to Create Practice Ready Attorneys.” Presented at the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference. Palm Desert, CA.
  1. “How Jurors Respond to the Revelation of Negative Facts: An Experiment.” Delaware Valley Conference of Women Law Professors. Philadelphia, PA.
  1. “Adapting Strategies to Formalized Plea Bargaining.” Washington State Defender’s Association Conference.
  1. “Visibly Invisible: Stigma and the Intersection of Race, Class & Gender for Students of Color Striving for a Career in the Sciences.” Presumed Incompetent Symposium. U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
  1. “All that Heaven Will Allow: A Statistical Analysis of the Effect of DOMAs on Marriage and Divorce Rates State by State. Lat/Crit Conference. Chicago.
  1. “Creating Curious Law Students through Interdisciplinary Coursework.” SALT Conference. Las Vegas.
  1. “Innovative Teaching Techniques for Family Law: Using Empirical Materials.” AALS Mid-year Conference on Family Law. Orlando, FL.
  1. “Interdisciplinary Teaching Techniques and Cross-Collaboration across the Law School Curriculum.” AALS Mid-year Clinical Conference. Denver, CO.
  1. “You Never Can Tell: The Tension between Parental Expression and Child Privacy on the Web.” Family Law Teachers and Scholars Annual Workshop. NYC, NY.

Works in Progress

“The Promised Land: How to Get the Benefits of Affirmative Action to Really Work.” 

“You Never Can Tell: The Tension between Parental Expression and Child Privacy on the Web.”