Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz
Oregon Supreme Court, Salem
Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz, Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court, Salem; B.S., Portland State University (1972); J.D., Willamette University College of Law (1975); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1975; began his career as a deputy public defender and entered private law practice in 1977 as attorney and partner at Garrett Seideman Hemann Robertson & De Muniz in Salem; appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals in 1990; elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in 2001 and elected the court’s 41st Chief Justice in January 2006; has served on Willamette University College of Law’s Board of Visitors since 1995 and Willamette’s Board of Trustees since 2006; has served on the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices and recently completed a three-year Harvard University Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century; awards include: the Global Business Award, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, the Edwin J. Peterson Racial Reconciliation Award, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Judicial Recognition Award, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee 2010 Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award and the Classroom Law Project 2011 Legal Citizen of the Year Award; in September, 2010, was invited to address Chief Justices and judicial leaders from 55 countries at the Asian Pacific Courts Conference on the topic of Strategic Planning for the Judicial Branch of Government, and in October at New York University Law School he gave the 17th Justice William Brennan lecture on State Courts and Social Justice, entitled “Overturning Precedent, The Case for Judicial Activism in Reengineering State Courts;” adjunct professor, “Oregon Criminal Procedure and Practice” at Willamette University College of Law (2004–present).