Locke Bowman

Executive Director

Chicago, Illinois

locke.bowman@macarthurjustice.org (312) 503-0844

Areas of Focus

Locke E. Bowman is the Executive Director of the MacArthur Justice Center. Since 1992, he has served as the driving force in defining the mission, shaping the docket and growing the footprint of the organization. One of Chicago’s most prominent civil rights attorneys, he has a long track record litigating cases about individual and systemic injustice. Bowman has won over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for victims of police misconduct and wrongful conviction.


He also serves as a Clinical Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Constitution Society’s Chicago Legal Legend Award; the First Defender Award and the Rev. Willie Baker Award for his work in bringing Jon Burge and his men to justice; the Clarence Darrow Award for his advocacy in support of Illinois’ death penalty moratorium; and the IVI/IPO Legal Eagle Award, for helping to expose Chicago Police corruption.


Prior to joining the MacArthur Justice Center, Mr. Bowman was a criminal defense lawyer at Silets & Martin. He also worked as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago, was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt and served as a law clerk to Judge Hubert L. Will of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.