The American Inns of Court consists of over 25,000 judges, legal scholars, attorneys, and law students and aims to promote professionalism in the legal field. The organization also honors legal professionals through a number of awards, including the following:
- Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service. The Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service honors an American Inns of Court member with no more than 10 years of experience for dedication to pro bono or public interest activities.
- A. Sherman Christensen Award. Named after the founder of the organization, the A. Sherman Christensen Award honors an individual who has provided exceptional leadership to the American Inns of Court movement at either the local or national level.
- Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Award for Professionalism and Ethics. The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics recognizes an individual who has demonstrated ethics and professionalism as well as legal excellence. The award is not limited to members of the American Inns of Court, with outside attorneys, judges, journalists, government officials, and philanthropists eligible for consideration.
A juris doctor graduate of St. Thomas University, Judge John Bowman serves as a circuit judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Outside of this role, Judge John Bowman has long been an advocate for National Adoption Day.
Sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and the Children’s Action Network, National Adoption Day is a collaborative effort to increase public awareness of children in foster care awaiting adoption. In the United States, over 110,000 children are in foster care, and the average time to adoption is nearly three years. Many children never find a permanent home, with over 23,000 aging out of the foster care system each year.
Held on the Saturday immediately preceding Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day has helped nearly 65,000 children enter permanent homes since 2000. In 2016, 5,100 children were adopted on National Adoption Day thanks to the participation of 430 cities across the country.
Judge John Bowman has accumulated a long record of helping streamline the judicial system to benefit children.