Chief Justice De Muniz Keynote Address
In October 2009, Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz presented the keynote address at the Willamette Center for Law and Government's fall conference, "A Supreme Sesquicentennial: The Oregon Supreme Court at 150 Years and Beyond." You can download the Chief Justice's keynote address for his thoughts on the rich history of the Court.
As the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, De Muniz serves as the administrative head of the Oregon Judicial Department. A 1975 graduate of Willamette University College of Law, De Muniz worked in public defense and private practice for 15 years before being asked by the governor to fill a vacant position on the Oregon Court of Appeals. He served as a judge on the appeals court for more than 10 years, including three years as a presiding judge on one of the three appellate court panels. De Muniz was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in January 2001. Five years later, he was unanimously elected by the other justices to head the Court.