Professor Gowen joined the faculty of American University Washington College of Law as an adjunct in May 2010. He teaches Legal Ethics and the Externship Seminar. His research focuses on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions and the ethical obligations criminal defense attorneys have to disclose information to their clients.
Previously, Chris served as the Senior Staff Attorney for the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section. He contributed to several amicus curiae briefs filed before the United States Supreme Court and drafted numerous policy recommendations on behalf of the ABA.
Chris worked for Former President William Jefferson Clinton for five years as a traveling aide and fact checker for President Clinton’s memoir, My Life. Chris worked on several different initiatives with former President Clinton including: The Clinton Global Initiative, The Clinton Health Access Initiative, The Clinton Foundation, The Clinton Library and the Presidential campaign to elect then-Senator Hillary Clinton. He directed the operations for then-Senator Clinton's campaign in Iowa for the 2008 Democratic caucus and served as a traveling aide throughout the campaign.
Professor Gowen is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of Miami School of Law. He began his legal career as a public defender under Bennett Brummer and Carlos Martinez in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As an Assistant Public Defender, Chris represented hundreds of adult and juvenile clients accused of committing crimes. He had a very successful trial record and continues to provide vigorous representation to clients in the D.C. metro area. In his spare time, Chris enjoys attending Philadelphia Phillies games with his wife Carol and their one-year old daughter, Madison.