Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico (1976)
Arizona State University, J.D. (1986) Indian Law Certificate
Kathleen Bowman, a Navajo attorney, is the Director of the Office of Navajo Public Defender. Born in Rehoboth, New Mexico, Ms. Bowman has lived in Fort Defiance, Arizona for most of her life. Ms. Bowman graduated from Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico in 1976 and was employed by Navajo Area IHS as Deputy Personnel Officer when she entered Arizona State University College of Law in 1983. She obtained her J.D. in 1986 and was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1986; Navajo Nation Bar in 1987; and State Bar of New Mexico in 1988. Before her appointment as Director, Ms. Bowman’s previous employment included Attorney, Navajo Nation Department of Justice; Director, Navajo Legal Aid and Defender Office; Executive Director, DNA- People’s Legal Services, Inc.; and Assistant Attorney General, Navajo Nation Department of Justice. Ms. Bowman was honored as Legal Counsel of the Year 1998 by the Chinle District and as Outstanding Alumna 1990, Arizona State University for achievement in her community and profession. Ms. Bowman is on the Indian Affairs Committee of NACDL; member of NMCDLA and on the Board of Directors, Arizona Public Defender Association.