Karon L. Rowden

Family and Veterans Advocacy Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer, Staff Attorney


"Family ​law practice intersects with almost every area of law imaginable. Students who practice in the Family and Veterans Advocacy Clinic may have a case that involves ​many varied areas of law. I love working with students and opening their eyes to the various areas of law that can affect the handling of their case. Additionally, helping a student with his/her trial advocacy skills so that the student does well when they first chair a mediation, trial or hearing is one of my favorite things."

Get to Know Karon L. Rowden

What drew you to the law?

I grew up with two very strong desires – to help other people and the desire for fairness. My mother says I wanted to be a lawyer or a teacher from a very young age. I first remember my real desire to be an attorney developing while studying the international treaties in undergraduate school. I was fascinated by the basic goals of most of the treaties seemed to be created for fairness, equity and justice. I knew I wanted to be a part of this system.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I worked in the insurance industry as a claims examiner, adjuster, trainer, auditor and in compliance and negotiations for approximately 12 years before, during and shortly after law school. Shortly after graduation I decided the insurance industry was not what I was passionate about. Since that time I have worked as a public interest attorney helping victims of child abuse & neglect and domestic violence, disabled individuals and veterans. As an attorney I have worked for Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, Texas Wesleyan School of Law and Texas A&M School of Law.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Family, camping, photography, riding motorcycles, four-wheeling, reading, writing poetry, helping others.

What are your research interests?

Legal and social issues affecting clients involved in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect and veterans. I am particularly interested in trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and parental alienation or disaffection dynamics that arise in custody cases of abuse victims. Finally, I am interested in ethical issues in family law cases.



  • Family Planning for Possible Deportation – presented at Texas A&M University
  • Panelist presenting on updates on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – Catholic Charities
  • Ethical Issues in Handling Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases for the Family Lawyer – presented at Catholic Charities
  • Collaborative ​Representation of Veterans – Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Cross-over between Veterans and Social Security – Texas A&M School of Law – Veterans Day CLE
  • So I ​Have my first Jury Trial, Now What? – Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas Family Law Seminar
  • E-Filing – Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
  • Finalizing the ​Case – Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
  • SAPCR – Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and Texas Wesleyan alumni CLE



  • Family Law with emphasis on Domestic Violence


  • J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 2001
  • B.A., Austin College