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  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1995, cum laude
  • B.A., The University of Utah, 1992, magna cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Utah
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Other Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association (Election Law Committee)

Republican National Lawyers Association

American Political Science Association

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Government Experience

Law Clerk to the Honorable Dee V. Benson, U.S. District Court of Utah, 1996-1997

Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen H. Anderson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1995-1996

Kirk L. Jowers

Member, Washington, D.C.
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Kirk L. Jowers is a member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C. office. He joined the firm in 2001.


For the past several years, Mr. Jowers has worked exclusively in the election law and government ethics arena. He has experience advising clients on the full range of issues arising under federal, state, and local campaign finance laws and regulations. He also has worked with clients on their lobbying and ethics compliance and has represented clients in all phases of Federal Election Commission and related federal court proceedings.


Kirk has advised more than 30 Republican congressional candidates and provided legal counsel to three presidential candidates including George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign on Electoral College issues and in Broward County, Florida during the 2000 election recount controversy. He also has served as the Chairman (2007-2008) and General Counsel (2005-2008) of Mitt Romney's Commonwealth PAC; Deputy General Counsel for the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (1999-2000) and as General Counsel of the Washington, D.C. Republican Party (1999-2000).

Professional Activities

  • Member, Utah Governor's Advisory Team
  • Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Associate Director of the Institute of Public and International Affairs, and Associate Professor at the University of Utah, where, inter alia, he teaches a course on the U.S. Presidency
  • Acting Chair and Executive Director, Governor's Commission on Strengthening Utah's Democracy, which reviews and makes reform recommendations concerning Utah's campaign finance, lobbying, and election laws
  • Member, Utah Constitutional Revision Commission, which is statutorily bound to make a comprehensive examination of the Utah Constitution and recommends changes to the Governor and the Legislature and advise the Governor and Legislature on proposed constitutional amendments
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Diplomatic Courier (Washington, D.C.: 2009-present) and Contributor and Executive Editor, G8 Summit Magazine (The CAT Company, INC. G8 Summit Magazine Company LTD, 2008-present)

Awards & Rankings

Recent Media

Described by the Salt Lake Tribune as the "most quoted man in Utah," Mr. Jowers is a frequent media commentator and lecturer on politics, campaign finance laws, government ethics, and the First Amendment.  Below is a list of his recent media mentions.

To view a comprehensive list of Mr. Jowers'  media mentions, please click here.

Recent Publications

  • Speech Governed by Federal Election Laws and Election Law and the Internet in Corrado, Mann, Ortiz and Potter, The New Campaign Finance Sourcebook, The Brookings Institution (2005)
  • Election Law and the Internet, The Civic Web (Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003)
  • Issue Advocacy: If It Cannot Be Regulated When It Is Least Valuable, It Cannot Be Regulated When It Is Most Valuable, Catholic University Law Review (Fall 2000)