Frank Bowman

Frank Bowman is the Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. In 1979, Professor Bowman entered the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the Honor Graduate Program and spent three years as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. From 1983 until 1986, he was a deputy district attorney for Denver, Colo. He also spent three years in private practice in Colorado.

In 1989, Professor Bowman joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, where he was Deputy Chief of the Southern Criminal Division and specialized in complex white-collar crimes. In 1995 and 1996, he was Special Counsel to the U.S. Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C. From 1998 to 2001, he served as academic advisor to the Criminal Law Committee of the United States Judicial Conference.

Since joining the legal academy full-time in 1996, Professor Bowman has published widely on federal sentencing and criminal law generally, authoring dozens of journal articles and co-authoring the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Handbook (Thomson Reuters), the best-selling treatise on federal sentencing. He has testified numerous times on sentencing before the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. He has also written extensively on Civil War era legal history, prosecution ethics, and impeachment. His latest book is High Crimes & Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump (Cambridge Univ. Press 2019).

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