Faculty Biography

David Owen

Visiting Professor of Law

  • JD, 2002, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, 1996, Amherst College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Owen teaches environmental and water law.

Professional Experience

Owen specializes in environmental, water, natural resources, and administrative law. He is an associate professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law and affiliated faculty with the Maine Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Owen previously practiced with the San Francisco-based firm Rossmann and Moore, which focuses on land use, natural resources, and environmental law. He clerked for Judge Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Prior to that, he worked as a geologist and regulatory compliance auditor for Woodard & Curran, Inc., an environmental consulting firm.

Honors and Affiliations

Owen serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Bar Foundation and is a member of the Economic Development Commission of the City of South Portland, Maine. He belongs to the California Bar and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Key Works

Owen’s recent articles include "The Mono Lake Case, The Public Trust Doctrine, and the Administrative State" in 45 University of California Davis Law Review 1099 (2012); "Critical Habitat and the Challenge of Regulating Small Harms" in 64 Florida Law Review 141 (2012), selected for reprinting in the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review; "Urbanization, Water Quality, and the Regulated Landscape" in 82 University of Colorado Law Review 431 (2011); "Probabilities, Planning Failures, and Environmental Law" in 84 Tulane Law Review 265 (2009), selected for reprinting in 42 Land Use and Environmental Law Review (2011) as one of the top 10 environmental or land use law articles of 2009-10.

Spring 2014 Classes

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