Judge John Bowman received his bachelors degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University, where he was a Phi Theta Kappa scholar. To become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Judge John Bowman was required to fulfill certain eligibility requirements. The requirements necessary today are as follows:
Potential members must be enrolled in an accredited institution and have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that can be applied toward an associate degree. Local chapters determine the eligibility of part-time students. Generally, a student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher; however, local chapters may raise GPA standards in accordance with the Phi Theta Kappa constitution.
Moral standards for the society are in place and potential members must adhere to them. For example, anyone currently incarcerated is not eligible. Additionally, an invitation to membership must be received from the chapter within the college the student currently attends.
With a law career spanning nearly two decades, Judge John Bowman works as a circuit court judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, serving a jurisdiction of more than 1.8 million constituents. Judge John Bowman has worked to enact positive changes in his community. For instance, he has influenced cases of adoption, lowering the time it takes for local children to find permanent home placement from four years to six months or less.
Advocacy for children in the foster care system takes many forms. One type of effort, held annually across the country, is National Adoption Day. Launched in 1999, the one-day event happens each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in cities around the US. As a result of the multiple agencies and sponsors coming together on behalf of this mission, 4,000 children were adopted during National Adoption Day in 2015. It was the 16th-annual celebration of the initiative.
Judge John Bowman has accumulated a long record of helping streamline the judicial system to benefit children.