Professor Rowley graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Baylor University. After earning his M.P.P. from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, he returned to Baylor to teach economics and public policy. He earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as an executive editor of the Texas Law Review and as a judicial intern to then-Texas Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Doggett. Following a clerkship with Judge Thomas M. Reavley of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, he practiced law in Houston for five years, with an emphasis on commercial litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts.
Professor Rowley taught at Mississippi College School of Law and Emory University School of Law before joining the Boyd School of Law faculty in 2001. He spent the 2007-08 academic year as the Charles E. Tweedy, Jr. Visiting Chairholder in Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. His current and recent teaching areas are Contracts, Contract Theory and Policy, Debt, Economics and the Law, Payment Systems, Sales & Leases, and Secured Transactions. He also organizes and hosts the law school’s Law and Popular Culture Film Series, which he inaugurated in October 2003.
Professor Rowley currently writes primarily in the areas of contracts, commercial law, and law and popular culture. In addition to the items listed below, he is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and essays.
Professor Rowley is an elected member of the American Law Institute, serves on the Executive Committees of the AALS's Section on Commercial and Related Consumer Law and Section on Contracts, and is an officer of the ABA Business Law Section's Uniform Commercial Code Committee and the American Bankruptcy Institute’s UCC Committee.