Melinda K. Bowen

Of Counsel
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Melinda is on the faculty at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.  She teaches criminal procedure and criminal law and researches in the field of criminal justice reform.

Melinda previously practiced at the firm in the white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation practice groups. She continues to work with members of the firm in these groups and on a variety of other matters. Melinda also served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Tena Campbell in the United States District Court for the District of Utah and for Judge Carolyn McHugh on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


  • J.D., Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark School of Law,  2010
  • B.S., Brigham Young University, 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Author, To Ask or Not to Ask?: Making the Most of Jury Questionnaires, 8 THE WHISPER 7 (2012)
  • Presenter, Autonomy: Justifying Efforts to Combat All Forms of Human Trafficking, Brigham Young University, Annual Social Work Conference, October 2010
  • Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • President, Utah Center for Legal Inclusion
  • Commissioner, Utah Appellate Courts Nominating Commission
  • Co-Chair, Utah State Bar Spring Convention, 2017
  • Special Project Committee Member, Women Lawyers of Utah,  2015-2017
  • President, Utah Minority Bar Association, 2013-2015

Unique Recognition – Education

  • Law School: Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, 2010
    Summa cum laude

    • Order of the Coif
    • Lead Articles Editor, BYU Law Review, 2009-2010
    • Recipient, Academic Scholarship
    • Recipient, J. Reuban Clark Award, 2008 and 2010

In her free time, Melinda enjoys running, traveling, watching sporting events, and spending time with her husband and two sons.