Paul De Muniz Named Chief Justice of Oregon Supreme Court

Justice Paul J. De Muniz, a 1975 graduate of the College of Law, has been elected the new chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court by a unanimous vote. Under the Oregon state constitution, justices of the Supreme Court elect their chief justice.

"I am profoundly honored by the trust placed in me by my colleagues to help lead the judiciary in Oregon," said De Muniz, who will take his place as Oregon's 37th chief justice on January 1, 2006. He succeeds Judge Wallace P. Carson JD'62, who also received his law degree from Willamette University. Carson will remain on the court until his term expires in 2007; he has served on the Court since 1982.

"I was delighted to learn that our own Justice Paul De Muniz has been elected Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court to succeed another one of our own," said College of Law Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. "The unanimous vote of Paul's colleagues is an official and fitting recognition of his exceptional qualities. We congratulate him and wish him success in this important role."

De Muniz has served on the Oregon Supreme Court since his election in 2000. He was a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals for 10 years, including serving as a presiding judge on one of the three appellate court panels. De Muniz practiced law in Salem and was a partner with Garrett, Seideman, Hemann, Robertson & De Muniz PC.