Judge of the Supreme Court

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Paul De Muniz

Occupation: Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court

Occupational Background: Justice, Oregon Supreme Court, elected in 2000; Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals, elected in 1990 and re-elected in 1996; Attorney and partner, private law practice, 1977-1990

Educational Background: J.D., Willamette University, 1975; B.S., Portland State University, 1972; Madison High School, Portland, 1965

Prior Governmental Experience: Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services; Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability; Oregon Supreme Court Access to Justice for All Committee; Board of Visitors, Willamette University College of Law; North Salem High School Mock Trial Coach; United States Air Force (Vietnam)

Personal: Wife, Mary; three children - Carrie, Peter and Michael

Dear Oregonians:

Thank you for electing me to the Oregon Supreme Court in 2000. Since that time, I have worked to produce timely and well-reasoned decisions based solely on case precedent and principles of law.

In November 2005, my colleagues on the Supreme Court elected me the 37th Chief Justice of the State of Oregon. I am honored and deeply humbled by their confidence in choosing me to lead the state's judicial branch of government.

As Chief Justice, I will prudently manage our judicial resources. I will seek to ensure that judges at all levels treat all litigants fairly and issue timely decisions. I will work to enhance the quality and administration of justice at every court level in accordance with the changing needs of our society.

I believe that courts are the cornerstone of our democratic government and the guardians of our state and federal constitutions. To perform our role properly as a co-equal branch of government, the courts must have the trust and confidence of citizens. I will continue to work hard to earn and maintain that trust.

Simply put, I believe in judicial accountability and judicial performance. I am guided by those principles every day.

It has been a profound honor to serve Oregonians.


Paul De Muniz

(This information furnished by Committee to Re-Elect Judge Paul De Muniz.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722