Gary Fowler ’81 Rigor Prepared Him for Yale Law

jackson-walker-attorney-_0094_Fowler_ucGary Fowler, a 1981 TCU Honors graduate, now serves as chair of the Dallas Labor and Employment Section for Jackson Walker LLP in Dallas. An attorney, he is a partner for the Dallas office of Jackson Walker; his practice includes counseling and defending clients in labor and employment matters.

When Fowler attended TCU, what’s now the John V. Roach Honors College was called the Honors Program. He has fond memories of academic and social interactions at firesides conversations, retreats, convocation, and the Honors banquet. Fowler’s favorite memory at TCU was the Tom Brown/Jarvis program. Another fond memory was the “Suppressed Desires” costume party.

Fowler completed departmental Honors for which he worked with Professors Don Jackson and the late Frank Reuter to complete an Honor’s paper. Another mentor, Paul Boller, prepared him for the rigor of Yale Law School. This close interaction with professors obviously had a profound impact on Fowler.

For students seeking a career in law, Fowler suggests considering what you really want to do in law. He says, “the academic experience of pre-law and law and the practice of law differ greatly.” He also suggests considering “courses in accounting, management, psychology, negotiation, and mediation as alternatives to the traditional pre-law courses.”

Fowler credits his current success to hard work and dedication to his clients. He currently serves on the Honors College Board of Visitors where he provides support for new programs and insight as a former Honors student.

Fowler notes that he is “very proud of the Honors College and particularly respects its drive to bring the Honors College to students outside the liberal arts.”

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