Professor Nowlin joined the faculty in the summer of 2000. At Princeton University, Nowlin was an Alpheus T. Mason Fellow in Public Law and a lecturer in Constitutional Interpretation. At the University of Texas, Nowlin was a Townes-Rice Scholar and an articles editor of the Texas International Law Journal. He was also selected for membership in the Chancellors Honor Society and is a member of Order of the Coif.
Nowlin teaches courses on constitutional law, jurisprudence, criminal procedure, criminal law, and academic legal writing. He has been selected twice as UM Law Professor of the Year–in 2006 and 2012. Nowlin has also served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College for over a decade and teaches Fourth Amendment law to trial and appellate judges.
Nowlin has written over thirty articles, book chapters, and book reviews. His major research interests concern judicial power, interpretive theory, constitutional structure, and human life issues.
His articles and book reviews have appeared in journals such as Vera Lex, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, the Kentucky Law Journal, the Mississippi Law Journal, the Law and Politics Book Review, National Review, Touchstone, City Journal, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society’s Practice Groups, and the World & I.
Nowlin’s chapters have appeared in books such as That Eminent Tribunal: Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution (Princeton University Press, 2004), Liberalism at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Contemporary Liberal Political Theory and Its Critics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2nd Edition, 2003) and Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism (Lexington Books, 2009).
His service activities include organizing the Law School’s Constitution Day and Martin Luther King Day events each year and serving on the admissions and scholarships committee. Nowlin also serves as an advisor to the Mississippi Law Journal and works with students who are writing articles for publication in the Law Journal and elsewhere.
Nowlin became Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the fall of 2012 and directs the Law School’s workshop program. He received the Ben A. Hardy Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service in 2011.