Judge Mary Jane Bowes, vice chairperson

Judge Mary Jane Bowes, vice chairperson


Mary Jane Bowes

The Honorable Mary Jane Bowes serves as a judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Judge Bowes earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Upon graduation, she worked as a judicial law clerk for Chief Justice Henry X. O’Brien of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and Superior Court Judges Harry Montgomery and John P. Hester. Judge Bowes thereafter engaged in the general practice of law before joining the legal department of a publicly traded environmental remediation firm. A member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, she was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business by Governor Tom Ridge in 1997.

She was elected to the Superior Court in November 2001 and retained for a second 10-year term in 2011. During her time in office, Judge Bowes has fought to increase the transparency of that court by advocating for online posting and increased publication of its decisions. She serves as the statewide administrative Wiretap Judge, and was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Appellate Procedural Rules Committee. Judge Bowes lectures throughout the Commonwealth on appellate practice issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and various local bar associations.

Active in her community, Judge Bowes has served on the boards of numerous civic and social service organizations, primarily addressing the needs of at risk children. She is chair of the St. Anthony School for Exceptional Children in Allegheny County, and sits on the board of the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association.

Judge Bowes was honored to be appointed to the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees by Governor Tom Corbett in 2013, and serves on the Student Affairs and the Finance Committees. She recently chaired the Presidential Search Committee.