Faculty & Staff




Professor of Law Emeritus


AB, Dartmouth College, 1957
LLB, Dickinson School of Law, 1963
LLM, Georgetown University Law Center, 1964


Professor Bowman joined this law faculty in 1975, and was the charter recipient of the Outstanding Professor of Law Award in 1983. He received Mānoa’s prestigious Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service in 1980. Upon the occasion of Professor Bowman’s retirement from full-time teaching in 1997, August 22nd of that year was designated Addison M. Bowman Day by gubernatorial proclamation. In 2002 he was honored by the Society of American Law Teachers as a founding board member and “visionary activist for equality, access, and diversity throughout law and society.”

Professor Bowman authored the Hawai‘i Rules of Evidence Manual, now in its 2010–2011 Edition, with supplements in odd numbered years and new paperback editions in even numbered years. He served as reporter to the Judicial Council Committee that produced the Hawai‘i Rules of Evidence, and continues to serve as reporter to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on the Rules of Evidence. He is currently an appellate mediator for the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, and conducts continuing legal education programs in evidence and professional responsibility law on Oahu and the Neighbor Islands.

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