John R.C. Bowen
John R.C. Bowen is a partner in the law firm of Laughlin & Bowen on Hilton Head Island, S.C. where his practice is concentrated on Admiralty and Commercial Law. From 1979 to 1982 he was an instructor in the English Department at The University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. Since 2002, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty in both the English Department and the Department of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort.
Mr. Bowen teaches composition courses as well as courses in various aspects of Business and Commercial Law. His teaching career includes a two year stint as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at USC, and three years at The McCallie School where he taught High School Senior English and served as the Department Chair.
He has been engaged in the practice of law on Hilton Head Island for the past twenty-seven years, and is admitted to practice before the South Carolina Supreme Court, The United States District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for both the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. John is a certified mediator and arbitrator, and he has served on numerous committees of the South Carolina State Bar including the Ethics Advisory Committee and the Resolution of Fee Disputes Committee. He is an active member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, and lectures on Admiralty and Maritime related topics to private and governmental organizations.
John attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and the University of South Carolina at Columbia, South Carolina where he earned B.A., M.A., and J.D. degrees. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, served in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer on active duty from 1968 until 1972, and as an Officer in the Georgia Army National Guard until his retirement in 1995.