Michael Cowles

Alumni Profiles, Scholar
Class of 2012
Michael O'Keefe Cowles

"If you are going to law school to start a career in the public interest, Texas Law has everything you need. From the large and passionate community of like-minded students, to the amazing people at the Justice Center, to the extensive network of faculty and alumni, there is no reason a Texas Law student should be intimidated by pursuing a career in public interest law. Take advantage of it and make your career what you want it to be."

Michael Cowles is an assistant attorney general in the Labor Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General in New York City.  After graduating from Texas Law, he worked with the Equal Justice Center to expand advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, funded by the Texas Law Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law.  He then worked as a staff attorney in the Equal Justice Center's Austin office. As a law student, Michael took part in the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic and the Immigration Clinic, and clerked for The ACLU of Texas, The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and plaintiff attorney Broadus Spivey. Michael was a proud member of the public interest community at Texas Law and was active in the American Constitution Society and the Student Advisory Board to the Justice Center.