Priscilla Owen

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Priscilla Owen
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   06/03/2005 -Present
Preceded by:   William Garwood
Personal History
Born:   1954
Home state:   Texas
Undergraduate:   Baylor University, 1975
Law School:   Baylor University School of Law, 1977

Priscilla Richman Owen (b. 1954) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She joined the court in 2005 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Palacios, Texas, Owen graduated from Baylor with her bachelor's degree in 1975 and later from the Baylor University School of Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1977.[1]


Owen was a private practice attorney in Texas from 1978 to 1994 before being elected Justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 1994 and again in 2002.[1]

Federal judicial career

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Owen was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President George W. Bush on February 14, 2005 to a seat vacated by William Garwood. Owen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2005 on a Senate vote and received commission on June 3, 2005.[2]

Notable cases

Clipper Estates case (2009)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Joffroin v. Tufaro, 606 F. 3d 235)

Judge Martin Feldman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed a lawsuit filed by fifty people who live in Clipper Estates in suburban New Orleans under allegations of violations of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The residents sued on allegations that the owner of Clipper Estates - also the President of the New Orleans Home Builders Association - used money he assessed against them after Hurricane Katrina for personal purposes instead of improving the subdivision as he promised. Feldman dismissed the lawsuit claiming the plaintiffs had no standing under RICO.[3]

The case was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, where judges Thomas Reavley, Edward Prado, and Priscilla Owen affirmed Feldman's decision. It was determined that the plaintiffs in the case did not have standing after applying the three-part test from Whalen v. Carter, 954 F.2d 1087, 1093 (5th Cir.1992).[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William Garwood
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: