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Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen Jr.
Born Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen Jr.
June 25, 1941(1941-06-25) (age 81)
Augusta, Georgia
Education University of Georgia (A.B.)
University of Georgia School of Law (LL.B.)
Spouse(s) Elsie M. Martin[1]

Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen Jr. (born June 25, 1941) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Education and career

Bowen was born in Augusta, Georgia, the son of the owner of a local hardware business.[2] He attended the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia from 1958 to 1959.[1] He transferred to the University of Georgia and received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1964. He received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1965. He was in private practice of law in Augusta from 1965 to 1966. He was in the United States Army as a Lieutenant in the infantry from 1966 to 1968. He was in private practice of law in Augusta from 1968 to 1972. He was a Referee in Bankruptcy for the Southern District of Georgia from 1972 to 1973. He was a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Georgia from 1973 to 1975. He was in private practice of law in Augusta from 1975 to 1979.[3]

Federal judicial service

Bowen was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on July 19, 1979, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, to a new seat created by 92 stat. 1629. The nomination was criticized by the Southern Regional Council, which complained that Bowen, who had belonged to whites-only organizations and was a fundraiser for Senator Sam Nunn, had been chosen over a well-qualified black attorney; Nunn defended Bowen as qualified.[4][5] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 26, 1979, and received his commission on November 27, 1979. He served as Chief Judge from 1997 to 2004. He assumed senior status on June 25, 2006.[6]

Notable cases

Among Bowen's cases was litigation over the location of protests of the Masters Tournament,[7] the controversial criminal trial of Charles Walker, the criminal case of spy Otto Attila Gilbert, and the criminal trial of the mayor of Augusta, who was convicted of taking kickbacks.[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Judges of the United States (1983)
  2. "Mr. Dudley H. Bowen Sr.". Augusta Chronicle. August 1, 1998. http://216.116.225.82/stories/1998/08/01/obi_234857.shtml. Retrieved 28 February 2010. [dead link]
  3. Associated Press (Apr 24, 1979). "Civil Rights Group Says Federal Judgeship Review Panels 'Smokescreen'". Herald-Journal. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Z4MsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qM0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=1398,5464193&dq=dudley-h-bowen&hl=en. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  4. Hodson, Sandy (July 8, 2009). "Lawyer denies Walker complained about judge". Augusta Chronicle. http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/07/08/met_540152.shtml. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  5. Associated Press (April 2, 2003). "Women's group goes to court seeking protest site at Masters". USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/masters/2003-04-02-masters-protest-suit_x.htm. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  6. Associated Press (July 10, 1984). "AROUND THE NATION ; Ex-Mayor of Augusta Sentenced in Kickbacks". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1984/07/10/us/around-the-nation-ex-mayor-of-augusta-sentenced-in-kickbacks.html. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 

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Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
1979–2006
Succeeded by
Lisa Godbey Wood
Preceded by
Berry Avant Edenfield
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
1997–2004
Succeeded by
William Theodore Moore Jr.

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