Taylor Hart-Bowlan is a third-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she focuses on marijuana law and policy. Currently, she serves as President of D.U. Law’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter, and in 2015 she was elected by her peers to serve as a Class of 2018 Honor Board representative. Over the course of her law school career, Taylor has served as a lead research assistant under Professor Robert Hardaway for his upcoming book, Marijuana Politics: Uncovering the Troublesome History and Social Costs of Criminalization, drafting content for the work’s chapters on both state-level recreational marijuana legalization and the federal illegality of cannabis. In 2016, she additionally supervised ten first-year law students recruited to work on the project and organized D.U. Law’s Cannabis Law Career Panel in conjunction with the D.U. Law Career Development Office.
She has written on topics such as the implications of state-level legalization for immigrants crossing the border, the relationship between the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination and marijuana business taxes under 280-E, and the potential role of federal agencies such as the IRS and SEC in indirectly enforcing the Controlled Substances Act.
Prior to attending law school, Taylor graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Oklahoma in 2009, and to this day she remains an avid fan of all things Sooners. She has worked in various aspects of the legal community since and has experience with marijuana law, Social Security law, civil litigation, and family law.
When she’s not coaching first-year law students for trial competitions or volunteering with the National Cannabis Bar Association, Taylor spends her free time perfecting her weekly lineup for both of her fantasy football teams, playing music, and reminding her friends why the Sooners are so much better than the Longhorns.
Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, CO
Juris Doctor Candidate
(expected graduation: December 2018)
- President, D.U. Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy (2017-2018)
- Director of Events, D.U. Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy (2016-2017)
- Board Member, D.U. Law Honor Board (2015-2018)
- Supervising Research Assistant, Marijuana Politics: Uncovering the Troublesome History and Social Costs of Criminalization (2015-2017)
- Top 16 1L, D.U. Law Advocate’s Cup Competition
- Best Prosecution Team Award, Student Trial Lawyers’ Association Competition (2015)
- Coach, Student Trial Lawyers’ Association Competition (2016)
- Volunteer, National Cannabis Bar Association Cannabis Law Institute (2017)
University of Oklahoma
Bachelors of Arts, Letters (2009)
- Dean’s List and Honors College cum laude graduate (2009)
- Staff Writer, hub.ou.edu (2005-2008)
- Recipient, Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship
- Recipient, Zee and Madge May Vincent Scholarship
- Participant, Honors at Oxford University Program (2006)