For the past 15 years, Judge John Bowman has served as a circuit judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. Recently, Judge John Bowman adjudicated a case which had national implications.
A Republican voter had filed a lawsuit alleging that two US senators could not run in the 2016 presidential election because neither of them were American citizens. The plaintiff, Michael Voeltz, maintained that senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were not natural born citizens of the United States, as the Constitution requires, and therefore could not be placed on the ballot in Florida’s March 15 presidential primary.
The lawsuit noted that Rubio had been born in Miami in 1971 to Cuban immigrant parents who later became American citizens. Cruz’ birthplace was Canada, to an American mother and a Cuban-born father. When he was four, he moved to Texas with his parents.
Following legal tradition, lawyers for Cruz and Rubio argued that the term “natural born citizen” applied to anyone who was a citizen at birth. The Naturalization Act of 1790 held that the status also applied to persons born to US citizens outside the country. Voeltz asserted the phrase covered only persons born in the US whose parents were citizens.
Dismissing the case, Judge Bowman told Voeltz he lacked standing, that is, the capacity to file a lawsuit in that jurisdiction. The primary election went on as planned.
Judge John Bowman was elected president of the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court for the 2014-15 term. As president, Judge John Bowman presided over the activities of the chapter. Find out more about this and other chapters of the American Inns of Court below.
What is the American Inns of Court?
Comprised of diverse legal professionals from across the United States, the American Inns of Court is an association tasked with upholding professionalism within the legal community. Regional chapters of the Inns of Court are found throughout the country. The association’s goals are achieved through regular gatherings, in which members are encouraged to network, develop relationships, seek advice from more experienced members, and assist in the development of new attorneys and legal professionals.
What are the membership requirements of the American Inns of Court?
Membership in the American Inns of Court requires active attendance in the chapter’s regular meetings. Generally, meetings are held once a month, from September through May. Additionally, each member serves as part of a pupilage team, and each pupilage team is in charge of organizing one program each year.
How many members are in the American Inns of Court?
With chapters across the United States, the American Inns of Court has more than 30,000 active participants and more than 100,000 alumni.
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.