Outstanding Public Interest Law Student Award - Marquette University Law School
The State Bar’s Public Interest Section encourages attorneys to provide public interest services, promotes public interest issues, and enhances the viability and visibility of public interest law. It presents four awards recognizing law students, legal workers, and lawyers.
The Public Interest Law Student of the Year is awarded for a demonstrated commitment to working in the public interest and helping others. It recognizes exceptional public interest volunteer work or activism in the community, the community at large, or the law school community. One student is honored from U.W. Law School and one from Marquette Law School.
This year’s recipient is Charles “Charlie” Bowen. Charlie graduated in May 2020 from Marquette University Law School and is currently a State Public Defender in Milwaukee.
While at Marquette, Charlie served as Managing Editor of the Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review, was President of the Student Veteran Society, Co-President of the Public Interest Law Society, sat on the Executive Board of Marquette’s Moot Court Program, and served on the Student Advisory Board of the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic.
Upon graduation, Charlie was inducted into the Pro Bono Society for completing over 500 hours of pro bono service for organizations like the ACLU of Wisconsin, the Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Eviction Defense Project, and the Milwaukee Justice Center’s family law forms clinic. According to the Assistant Dean for Public Service at Marquette, Charlie “has a knack for bringing people together to work for a common goal…He is a natural leader who will take on public interest causes dear to his heart and will make a difference. When Charlie touches a project, he will leave it better than he found it and his work product will be stellar.”
Before attending Marquette Law, Charlie served in the United States Marine Corps for five years and received his B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame.