US Judge shares Boston Marathon bombing case with Murdoch law

April 16, 2018

An illustrious career: US District Court Magistrate Marianne Bowler has handled numerous high-profile cases during her years of practising law,  including the Boston bombing trial of 2015.

At the invitation of the United States Consulate and the Murdoch University School of Law, US Magistrate Judge, The Honourable Marianne B. Bowler will present on her experiences of the Boston Marathon bombing case; as well as other terrorist incidents within the court system.

On April 15 2013, two bombs were detonated near the event finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and injuring more than 260 others.

After an intense manhunt, police captured one of the suspects, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, while his brother and fellow suspect, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during the altercation.

Tsarnaev appeared in court in July that year, pleading not guilty to the 30 federal charges against him, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.

He was found guilty by a jury of all 30 charges against him on April 8, 2015.

Following a distinguished career in the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Marianne B. Bowler was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts as a Magistrate Judge, a position which she has held since 1990.

Judge Bowler served as Chief Magistrate Judge from 2002 to 2005, an Observer Member to the Judicial Council of the First Circuit, and recently concluded two terms as a member of the International Judicial Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Since 2002, her additional judicial duties include serving as a mediator as part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program of the United States District Court.

Judge Bowler has conducted more than 500 mediations in the Districts of Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island involving a wide range of subject areas including complex business litigation; all types of intellectual property disputes; discrimination and civil rights, admiralty; personal injury; environmental matters; and products liability cases resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements with an average annual settlement rate in excess of 80 percent.

Prior to becoming a judge in the U.S. District Court, Judge Bowler served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and, earlier, as Assistant District Attorney prosecuting criminal cases in the Middlesex County, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Active in the intellectual property community, Judge Bowler is President of the Boston Intellectual Property Inn of Court and was a co-founding President of Boston College Inn of Court for Intellectual Property in 1997. She was also the first woman president of the Suffolk Law School Alumni Association and the first woman to chair the board of the New England Baptist Hospital.

This unique event will run from 12.30-2.30pm at the Kim Beazley lecture theatre at Murdoch University’s Perth campus on Tuesday April 17, and some spaces are still available.

To register your attendance, please email: or call 9360 6820.

Please note recordings of the lecture will not be permitted.

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