Jennifer Bowmar, LL.M. '12
Jennifer Bowmar was on her way to pursuing a career in environmental law before she even realized that was her aspiration. "It seems clear in hindsight that I gravitated towards professional endeavors with strong environmental themes long before I made the conscious decision to make a career in environmental law," she explains. Jennifer earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 2000. As part of her engineering curriculum, she studied topics such as soil and fluid mechanics and geology, and she completed a survey course in environmental engineering that covered topics on landfill design and contaminated soil remediation.
Beginning what she thought would be a career in engineering, Jennifer found herself working at the Florida Department of Transportation's Office of Planning and Environmental Management in Fort Lauderdale, where she was involved in performing environmental reviews and preparing National Environmental Policy Act documents for roadway projects. Her interest in environmental regulations took off when she contributed to preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a four-lane new bridge crossing over a navigable waterway. She says "working on that EIS really opened my eyes to the array of impacts that development can have on the natural environment and introduced me to the complex regulatory frameworks put in place in an effort to strike a balance between development and environmental protection." She then moved to the Federal Highway Administration, where she continued to gain hands-on experience with environmental reviews and regulatory compliance.
Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was a member of the U.C. Law Review. She joined GW Law as a Shaw Fellow in 2010 after two years as an associate attorney in a defense litigation practice. As a Shaw Fellow, she pursued an LL.M. in environmental law and worked with Dean Paddock to further scholarship on emerging issues, including environmental governance and nanotechnology. She also shared her practical experiences with environmental review in the classroom while serving as a visiting associate professor.