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James V. Rowan

Professor of Law and Director of the Clinical Programs
Georgetown University, AB 1967
Duke University, JD 1970
Duke University, LLM 1978
Office: 140(e) Dockser Hall
Mail: 65 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3347
Fax: (617) 373-8236

Professor Rowan is an expert at representing poor people and their organizations. He has taught courses in Welfare Law, Poverty Law and Practice, Trial Practice, Lawyering Process, Professional Responsibility and an advanced course in Criminal Procedure. He is also involved with the Pathways to Practice program. 

Professor Rowan heads the Poverty Law and Practice Clinic and supervises all of the clinical programs. His specific interests include community legal education, economic development and grassroots organizing. He works collaboratively with a range of legal services and private practitioners on these issues.

Fields of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Benefits Law
  • Civil Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Community Development
  • Constitutional Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Cooperative Legal Education
  • Court Procedure and Evidence
  • Disability Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Ethics
  • Poverty Law
  • Public Interest Advocacy
  • Race and Racism and the Law
  • Social Security

Selected Works

Selected Articles

“Challenges to Jury Composition in North Carolina,” (with Mark Michael, Courtney Mullin and James O’Reilly) 7 North Carolina Central Law Journal 1, 1975 

 “The Bike Tour Leader’s Dilemma: Talking about Supervision,” (with Michael Meltsner and Daniel Givelber) 13 Vermont Law Review 3991989