A member of the Florida Bar for nearly three decades, Judge John Bowman was elected to serve as a circuit judge in 2002, leading him to the Juvenile Dependency Division in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Judge John Bowman has also been involved in a number of noteworthy cases in Broward County, including a lawsuit related to the 2016 Republican presidential primary ballot.
In March 2016, he ruled against an attempt to have Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz removed from the ballot based on a claim that the candidates aren’t natural-born citizens and are therefore ineligible to run for president. The lawsuit claimed that both Cruz and Rubio became citizens without undertaking a legal naturalization process and argued that a person can’t simultaneously be naturalized and natural-born.
During the hearing, Judge Bowman explained that the while the Constitution requires a president to be natural-born, there is no binding definition of the term. He also rejected the lawsuit because the plaintiff failed to include the Florida Secretary of State as a defendant. Responsible for the Division of Elections, the Secretary of State's office alone can be compelled to eliminate a candidate from a ballot. Judge Bowman further noted that there were no grounds for the lawsuit since the plaintiff wasn’t injured by Cruz and Rubio being on the ballot.
An elected circuit judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Judge John Bowman handles adoption and foster care matters within the Juvenile Dependency Division of Broward County. Judge John Bowman also contributes to local legal organizations and is invited to speak on different topics to various groups, including the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Among its many initiatives, the American Board of Trial Advocates maintains the Civility Matters program to fulfill its constitutional mandate to promote courtesy, honor, and integrity in the legal field. The Board founded the program with the goal that civility would be discussed at every law school in the country and at every Trial Advocates educational event, as well as in various professional settings.
Around the nation, local chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates promote and host Civility Matters events that include direct accounts from members about their experience practicing courtesy, honor, and integrity and raising peer awareness of the issue. The American Board of Trial Advocates provides helpful guidelines and the resources necessary to hold a Civility Matters event, including the Why Civility and Why Now? publication and accompanying DVDs.
Judge John Bowman has accumulated a long record of helping streamline the judicial system to benefit children.