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Dave Owen

 Dave Owen is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law.

Professor Owen teaches courses in environmental, natural resources, water, coastal zone, and administrative law. He also is an affiliated faculty member of the Maine Sustainability Solutions Initiative. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and from Amherst College.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Owen practiced with Rossmann and Moore, a small San Francisco firm that specializes in complex water resource and land use litigation. His practice included work on major water allocation disputes involving the Sacramento/San Joaquin Bay-Delta and the Colorado River as well as the siting controversies surrounding the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. He clerked for Judge Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Before law school, he worked as a geologist and regulatory compliance auditor for an environmental consulting firm.

Professor Owen’s research addresses a variety of environmental law subjects, including water resource management, administrative implementation of environmental law, and the use of simulation models in environmental law and planning. His recent articles include Mapping, Modeling, and the Fragmentation of Environmental Law, 2013 Utah L. Rev.  __; Critical Habitat and the Challenge of Regulating Small Harms, 64 Florida L. Rev. 141 (2012) (selected for reprinting in the Environmental Law Policy Annual Review); The Mono Lake Case, the Public Trust Doctrine, and the Administrative State, 45 U.C. Davis. L. Rev. 1099 (2012), Urbanization, Water Quality, and the Regulated Landscape, 82 Colorado L. Rev. 431 (2011), and Probabilities, Planning Failures, and Environmental Law, 84 Tulane L. Rev. 265 (2009) (reprinted in 42 Land Use & Envtl. L. Rev. (2011) as one of the top 10 environmental or land use law articles of 2009-10.)  

Dave Owen
University of Maine School of Law
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