Legal/Judicial Experience: Washington State Supreme Court Justice; former District Court Judge, Western Clallam County; former Chief Judge, Quileute Tribe; former Chief Judge, Lower Elwha S'Klallam Tribe
Other Professional Experience: Member, Rules Committee, Bench-Bar-Press Committee, and the Board for Judicial Administration
Education: BA, Duke University; JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Community Service: Justice Owens has trained judges nationally from Anchorage to Albuquerque on domestic violence issues, and participated in the writing of the Northwest Tribal Judges Domestic Violence Manual. She has also lectured at the National College of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Domestic Violence Conference, and is committed to this very important area of law.
Statement: “I bring diverse judicial experience and a commitment to upholding our laws and Constitution to my job as a Supreme Court Justice. I’m a proud, independent voice for common sense rulings that respect our rights and communities.”
Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens has served with integrity, independence and a strong commitment to our Constitutional rights. Prior to being elected to the Supreme Court in 2000, Justice Owens served on the Clallam County District Court for nearly two decades. An advocate for crime victims and families, she earned a national reputation teaching judges how to enforce tougher domestic violence laws.
One of the most productive Justices, authoring numerous important opinions on complex cases, Justice Owens has served with honor and the respect of her peers. Her plain interpretations of the law are rooted in common sense, free of bias, and seek to respect your rights and privacy.
A seasoned judge when she joined the court, she has earned the respect and endorsements of judges statewide, advocates for women, crime victims, working families and law enforcement. Re-elect Justice Susan Owens.