David B. Owens

  • Assistant Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 616-8742
Email: dbowens@uw.edu

Recent Courses

LAW E 532 Civil Rights & Justice Clinic
LAW E 582 Race, Policing, and Section 1983 Litigation Seminar

David B. Owens is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Washington and will direct the Civil Rights and Justice Clinic (CRJC). The CRJC represents plaintiffs in civil rights lawsuits in federal courts in Washington, California, Hawaii and beyond.
David is also a partner at Loevy & Loevy, a national civil rights firm originally based in Chicago. As a litigator, David has litigated dozens of civil rights suits in state and federal courts throughout the country. These suits most frequently involve constitutional violations that have caused wrongful convictions, claims of police violence and excessive force, race discrimination, and some First Amendment issues. David was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School as a Lecturer in Law with the Exoneration Project, a post-conviction innocence clinic. David also taught at Stanford Law School as an adjunct lecturer in the Spring of 2021.
Before joining Loevy and the Exoneration Project in 2012, David clerked for Diane P. Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and Myron H. Thompson for the Middle District of Alabama in Montgomery.
David is a UW alumnus. He completed his undergraduate education at the UW, earning two degrees — one in philosophy and one in political science — after completing some college credits at Green River Community College while in high school.
David is a member of the Innocence Network Board of Directors, the Washington Innocence Project Board of Directors and the Legal Committee for the ACLU of Washington Foundation. David is admitted to the bar in Washington, California and Illinois, as well as numerous federal appellate and district courts throughout the country.