Samford University


Karon Bowdre

Karon Bowdre ’77 began her tenure as chief judge on Nov. 18, 2013, having served on the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Alabama since November 2001. Since her appointment, Judge Bowdre has presided over several high-profile trials, including ones involving public corruption and securities fraud. She presides over the Northern District of Alabama’s Court Assisted Reentry Program, which is designed to help criminal defendants succeed as they return to the community.

Karen BowdrePrior to her appointment, she was professor of law and director of legal research and writing at Cumberland School of Law. She also practiced civil litigation with Rives & Peterson after a federal judicial clerkship with Judge Foy Guin, Northern District of Alabama. She graduated in1981 from Cumberland School of Law cum laude and received her bachelor’s degree from Samford University cum laude.

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