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
  • Cooperative Legal Education
  • Court Procedure and Evidence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Employment Law
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Ethics
  • Poverty Law
  • Public Interest Advocacy
  • Race and Racism and the Law

Selected Works

Selected Articles

"Developing Capabilities, Not Entrepreneurs: A New Theory for Community Economic Development," Hofstra Law Review, Volume 42 (with Rashmi Dyal-Chand (Forthcoming)

“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