Chris Owen, J.D.

Christopher Owen, J.D.Adjunct Faculty

Criminology & Criminal Justice



J.D., Willamette University 1992
B.A., Occidental College 1989

Chris Owen is the Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Clackamas County DA's Office. He has spent his entire legal career as a prosecutor, starting with the Coos County Oregon District Attorney's Office in 1993, where he focused on domestic violence and child abuse prosecution. He has been with the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office since 1996. Prior to being named Chief Deputy, he specialized in prosecuting sexual assaults, child abuse, homicides and other violent felonies. Chris also spent seven years supervising the felony property, drug and major vehicular crime unit.

Chris frequently presents to law enforcement organizations concerning effective investigations and courtroom advocacy in criminal cases.  For CCJ, he teaches courses related to criminal law and the legal system.


Professor Owen usually teaches the following courses (subject to change):

CCJ 310 American Courts (campus program

Students in Professor Owen’s prior classes note the following about his teaching: 

“He integrates real life scenarios from his work into lectures, he was always available to help students, and he teaches in a way that helps students do well in the class. On top of that he also has a great sense of humor. There was never a class I didn't look forward to going to. He made it enjoyable and kept it interesting. His sense of passion for the subject matter he is teaching is clearly evident and inspiring.”


“Chris Owen is one of the most engaging professors I've had yet. He knows there's a lot of information in his class so he gives real examples and answers questions thoroughly when people are confused.”


“Professor Owen really brings his prosecutor side into the classroom. Easy to understand and very passionate on the subject. Very intelligent and always has stories/cases to help us understand the concepts. I developed a great admiration for prosecutors because of his class.”