Sarah Clark Bowers
Meet Sally Bowers:
Over 30 Years Experience as a Family Law Attorney, Mediator and Social Worker
Adjunct Professor, University of Alabama
Recipient of the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Mediator Award
Bar Commissioner for the 29th Judicial Circuit
Passionate about Mediation, Child Advocacy, Domestic Violence Education, and Her Family - Including Millie, her White English Labrador Retriever
Sally is a Primary Trainer in the following courses:
Divorce & Family Mediation (40-Hour)
Advanced Divorce & Family Mediation
Domestic Violence in Mediation
Sarah Clark Bowers, known as “Sally,” is an award-winning mediator, lawyer and social worker. Her combined JD and MSW degrees led her to a rewarding career spanning over 30 years as a family law attorney focusing on child advocacy. When family mediation came to Alabama in the early 1990's, Sally was one of the first to receive training. She began establishing a mediation practice that today includes family mediation from pre-suit to the appellate level. She is of counsel at Proctor & Vaughn in Talladega County and travels thought-out Alabama as a mediator.
Sally graduated summa cum laude from Cumberland Law School. The daughter of two lawyers, James E. “Red” Clark and Sara Dominick Clark, Sally has often said lawyering is in her DNA. She has received Martindale Hubble’s AV Preeminent® rating by her peers. Sally attained her master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama honing her communication skills and leading to university adjunct teaching positions on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Currently, Sally is an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Public Health. She teaches seminars in the Honors College. “Teaching at a university has made me aware of the importance of an evidence-based approach to mediation.” Sally is a self-declared neuroscience junkie and uses brain science in mediation practice, university teaching, and mediator training.
Viewing the law as a service profession, Sally has devoted many hours to pro bono work. She is a member of Alabama Volunteer Lawyers and received the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Mediator Award in 2017. Sally proudly serves as the Bar Commissioner for the 29th judicial circuit. She is currently serving as a Bar task force member on Improving the Image of Lawyers and on the 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration.
Other civic involvement includes active membership of the Board of Visitors at the University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies and the Community Advisory Board of the Health and Safety Education Center for the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Sally has developed curriculum on domestic violence and is passionate about education on this issue. She is often a guest speaker on domestic violence and related topics. Growing up in Birmingham, Sally attended First United Methodist Church where she is still a member today.
Sally is married to John Bowers who works part time at the VA hospital as an ophthalmologist. They have three grown children (two of whom got that lawyer DNA). The family loves spending time in Western North Carolina and spoiling their beloved fur-baby, Millie.
“One of the greatest enjoyments in my life for the past eight years is being a co-trainer with Troy Smith for the Divorce and Family Mediation, Domestic Violence in Mediation, and Advanced Family Mediation training seminars offered through Mediation CLE," according to Sally.“ She hopes that you will enjoy the seminars in which you participate. “Who knew learning could be so much fun?”