Stephen A. Owens, of counsel in Squire Sanders’ Phoenix office, has been appointed to the external Advisory Board of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
As a Board member, Owens will provide advice and recommendations about Center programs and activities, which reinforce the Center’s prominence as a conduit for the development of policy issues where law, science and technology intersect.
“The Center for Law, Science & Innovation is one of the most respected entities of its kind, and service on the board gives me the opportunity to continue to help shape law and science policy in this country,” said Owens. “I’m honored to be part of such a prestigious organization.”
Founded in 1984, the Center is the first and largest academic center in the nation focusing on the intersection of law and science. Its mission is to bridge law and science by fostering the development of legal frameworks for new technologies and advancing the informed use of science in legal decision making.
“Steve’s private and public sector experience on sustainability and environmental law will be invaluable to the Board as it guides the Center in advancing the role of law in building a more sustainable society,” said Gary Marchant, faculty director of the Center. “We are fortunate to have his expertise and leadership.”
A recognized authority on U.S. environmental policy and regulatory matters, Owens is a member of Squire Sanders’ Environmental, Safety and Health Practice Group. He joined Squire Sanders in December 2011 after serving as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he led the agency’s programs on chemicals and pesticides, as well as its pollution prevention activities, from 2009 until November 30, 2011. Before being appointed to his position at the EPA by President Obama, Owens served as Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in the Cabinet of former Governor Janet Napolitano from January 2003 until January 2009 and was the longest-serving director in ADEQ’s history.