To begin her career, Jeanne clerked on the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Resuming work for the Northern District in 1983, she became a special legal assistant to the Court, serving in that role for over 15 years. During that time, Jeanne assisted the Court in comprehensively rewriting its Local Rules, served as reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 Advisory Group, and was the organizing director of the Marieli to Cuban Detainee Project sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association. In 1995, Jeanne joined her husband, Henry Bowden, Jr., in establishing The Bowden Law Firm, with a focus on the construction of wills and trust modification.
Jeanne graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1970 and Emory University School of Law in 1977. She served on Emory’s Law School Council from 1994 to 2003, including a term as president from 2001 to 2003. She is a member of the Forward Arts Foundation and was an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta for 22 years.