Susan Owens

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For the British academic, see Susan Owens (academic).
Susan Owens
Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
Assumed office
Preceded by Philip A. Talmadge
Personal details
Born 1949 (age 67–68)
Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater Duke University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Susan Owens (born c. 1949)[1] is an Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. On November 7, 2000, she was elected the seventh woman to serve on the court. She joined the court after serving nineteen years as District Court Judge in Western Clallam County, where she was the county's senior elected official with five terms. She also served as the Quileute Tribe's Chief Judge for five years and Chief Judge of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe for more than six years.

Owens was born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina, where she graduated from high school. Her father, Frank Owens, was a small town general practitioner, and her mother, Hazel is a retired law enforcement officer. She attended college at Duke University. After graduation in 1971, she attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving her JD in 1975. She was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1975, and the Washington State Bar in 1976.

Notable Opinions[edit]

Justice Owens signed the majority opinions sanctioning the delegations of very broad policy-setting powers to appointive-board governments.[2]


  1. ^ "Susan Owens". NNDB. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ The Journal of State Judicature, 2012. Volume II, Washington // “Washington Supreme Court Taxing District Opinions"

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Philip A. Talmadge
Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
Succeeded by