November 10, 2009
Indiana Supreme Court Lecture
The Challenges of Maintaining Courts During a Recession
Speaker: Honorable Paul J. De Muniz, Chief Justice, Oregon Surpreme Court
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: Shaun Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honorable Paul J. De Muniz, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Oregon, will speak on "The Challenge of Maintaining Courts During a Recession" on November 10, 2009 in the Wynne Courtroom. The law school thanks the Indiana Supreme Court for sponsoring this program.
One hour of CLE credit available (pending approval)
The Honorable Paul J. De Muniz 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, Oregon. In 1990 he was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals. He was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in 2001 and elected the courts 41st chief justice in January of 2006. Throughout his distinguished career, Chief Justice De Muniz has championed issues related to access to justice, fundamental fairness in courts, and enforcement of the rule of law in the United States and around the world. He gained national recognition for his successful pro bono representation of a migrant worker wrongfully convicted of murder. That case publicized how linguistic and cultural differences can unfairly penalize immigrants in the American justice system and led to significant state and national legal reform. In 2002, Justice De Muniz founded a now-flourishing rule of law partnership with judicial leaders in the Russian Far East, assisting judicial leaders, lawyers and law professors in implementing legal reforms to promote the enforcement of the rule of law in Russia. In 2008, Justice De Muniz was elected to the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices and was recently selected as one of eight chief justices to attend a three-year Harvard University Executive Session studying the role of state court leaders. Justice De Muniz was raised in Portland and attended Portland public schools. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam (1968-1969). He earned his B.S. degree from Portland State University in 1972 and his J.D. from Willamette University in 1975. He has served on Willamette University College of Laws Board of Visitors since 1995, Willamettes Board of Trustees since 2006, and has taught Oregon Criminal Procedure and Practice at Willamette since 2004.
The law school thanks the Indiana Supreme Court for sponsoring this program.