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Three years ago, Zander and Andy Blewett announced a transformative $10 million gift to the Alexander Blewett III School of Law. In addition to funding a scholarship and a programmatic endowment, the gift created an endowed chair in consumer law and protection. Endowed chairs are among the University of Montana’s highest honors and enable UM to hire exceptional teachers and researchers. After a nationwide search, the inaugural Blewett Endowed Faculty Chair in Consumer Law & Protection came to UM in fall 2018.

Blewett Chair Craig Cowie

Craig Cowie joined the UM faculty from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he served as an assistant litigation deputy. He is taking the lead in building the Blewett Consumer Law & Protection Program, which will develop and support consumer law and protection and access to justice through clinical study, research, scholarship, symposia and student internships. Cowie brings a wealth of experience in consumer protection and litigation to this exciting new initiative.

“Time and again, Craig has proven himself a formidable force in consumer protection law,” said Rich Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“Montana law students and all those who work with him will have a chance to learn from one of the best.”

After studying anthropology at the University of Michigan, Cowie received his J.D. from Berkeley (Boalt Hall). He clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then worked as a litigation fellow for the National Prison Project of the ACLU Foundation before joining the litigation department at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC.

“Professor Cowie has the experience and energy to build a world-class program in the increasingly important field of consumer law,” said Dean Paul Kirgis. “We are thrilled to have him.”

Learn more about the Blewetts’ gift by watching this video.