Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Scholarly Publications
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Professor Dave Owen teaches courses in environmental, water, land use, energy, and administrative law. His interest in the subject area began when he was about six years old and his parents denied him access to all television except for PBS wildlife specials. He then became inordinately interested in poachers. He went on to study geology in college, primarily because the labs were outside, and became an environmental consultant. During one hot summer day of hazardous waste site sampling, while sweating miserably in a Tyvek suit and inhaling aniline fumes, he decided graduate school sounded like a nice idea. So he became an environmental lawyer. He went to Berkeley Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of Ecology Law Quarterly and was selected for the Order of the Coif.
Professor Owen went on to clerk at federal district court and then work for a small law firm in San Francisco, where his practice focused primarily on water law. He worked on Colorado River allocation, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta litigation, and federal state disputes over the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, among other matters. In 2007, he began teaching at the University of Maine School of Law. He joined the Hastings faculty in 2015.
His research focuses primarily on water resource management, and some recent projects have addressed roles of negotiation in environmental regulation, equity implications of a turn toward community-centered energy governance, groundwater-surface water interactions, taxation of water consumption, the roles of federal regional offices, stream protection under the Clean Water Act, and policies to expedite dam removals and hydropower upgrades. Five of his articles have been recognized by his peers as among the top environmental law articles of their respective years; another article has won the Morrison Prize as the top sustainability-law article of its year; and he has presented three articles at the Harvard-Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum. He also contributes to the Environmental Law Prof Blog.
In his spare time, Professor Owen was once a passably competent ultimate frisbee player. Now he mostly runs on trails, a bit slower with each passing year. He lives in Albany with his wife Megan, a pediatric occupational therapist, his two children, and a dog named Allie.
University of California, Berkeley School of Law 2002
Amherst College 1996
Land Use and Environmental Law Review 2022
The Land Use and Environmental Law Review, a compilation of the top environmental and land use law articles of the preceding academic year, has republished Professor Owen's article "Law, Land Use, and Groundwater Recharge" (73 Stan. L. Rev. 1163).
Morrison Prize 2016
Professor Owen's recent paper "Trading Dams", coauthored with The Nature Conservancy's Colin Apse, received the first annual Morrison Prize for sustainability research. The Morrison Prize, sponsored by Arizona State Law School, "seeks to recognize the most impactful sustainability-related legal academic article published in North America during the previous year."
Land Use and Environmental Law Review 2013
The Land Use and Environmental Law Review, a compilation of the top environmental and land use law articles of the preceding academic year, has republished Professor Owen's article "Mapping, Modeling, and the Fragmentation of Environmental Law" (2013 Utah L. Rev. 219).
The Land Use and Environmental Law Review 2016
The Land Use and Environmental law Review, a compilation of the top environmental and land use articles of the previous academic year, has republished Professor Owen's article "Regional Federal Administration" (63 UCLA L. Rev. 58).
Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence 2017
UC Law SF College of the Law
Community Energy Exit (with Sharon Jacobs) (forthcoming 2023)
73 Duke L.J. __
The Negotiable Implementation of Environmental Law 2023
75 Stan. L. Rev. 137
The Realities of Takings Litigation 2022
47 BYU L. Rev. 577
Law, Land Use, and Groundwater Recharge 2021
73 Stan. L. Rev. 1163
Coequal Federalism and Joint Federal-State Agencies 2020
55 Ga. L. Rev. 287
Consultants, the Environment, and the Law 2019
61 ARIZ. L. REV. 823
California Groundwater Management, Science-Policy Interfaces, and the Legacies of Artificial Legal Distinctions 2019
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS
The Conservative Turn Against Compensatory Mitigation 2018
Cooperative Subfederalism, 2018
9 U.C. IRVINE L. REV. 177
Water and Taxes 2017
UC Davis Law Review
Little Streams and Legal Transformations 2017
Utah Law Review
Regional Federal Administration 2015
UCLA Law Review
Trading Dams 2015
UC Davis Law Review
Taking Groundwater 2014
Washington University Law Review