Courtney Bowie

Managing Attorney Northeast Office

Media Inquiries

Nydia Gutiérrez
Public Affairs and Communications Strategist

On Social Media


Bar Admissions

MS, AL (inactive), MA (inactive)

Courtney Bowie joined the Northeast office in New York as managing attorney in January 2020.

A champion of civil rights, Courtney brings to Earthjustice a wealth of litigation and management experience from her 20-year legal career fighting for social and racial justice with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she most recently served as a Senior Advisor for Affiliate Legal Programs, and with the Southern Poverty Law Center. She has advocated for justice on behalf of her clients while at the ACLU in several states including North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. While Legal Director of the ACLU of South Dakota, Courtney represented protesters at Standing Rock and challenged South Dakota’s unlawful attempts to prohibit advocacy and protests against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Courtney was an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she directed the Mississippi Youth Justice Project and litigated systemic claims on behalf of students with disabilities in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Courtney also served as an adjunct professor at New York Law School and began her legal career in civil litigation at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Texas School of Law.


The Latest from Courtney Bowie

March 9, 2023

In the News: St. Louis Dispatch

Attorneys ask judge to rule that Cahokia Heights is violating Clean Water Act

“We don’t really need to go to trial over this. The court can just rule that the Clean Water Act has been violated, and we can just then focus on how to remedy that problem.”
A meeting during the Meredith March Against Fear in Greenwood, Mississippi in June 1966. Pictured, clockwise from left, are Bernard Lee, Andrew Young, Robert Greene, Martin Luther King Jr., Lawrence Guyot, Harry Bowie, and Stokely Carmichael.
February 7, 2022

How Civil Rights Work Led Me to Environmental Justice Litigation

The work I have always done — fighting for equality for all people — is precisely the work I continue to do here.