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Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz inducted into Warren E. Burger Society

The National Center for State Courts, a non-profit organization that provides training, management and research services to the nation’s state courts, will induct Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz JD ’75 into the Warren E. Burger Society this Friday.

The Burger Society recognizes people who have demonstrated “an exemplary commitment to improving the administration of justice” through their service to the NCSC. Organization officials say De Muniz has been at the forefront of a nationwide movement to re-engineer state courts during difficult economic times.
 Also scheduled for induction are the court administrator of the New Jersey Supreme Court; the founder of the Judicial Family Institute; and the retired vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil Corp.

De Muniz, who recently announced his decision not to run for re-election, has served as chief justice since 2005. He was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals in 1990 and elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in 2000. De Muniz also serves on the Willamette University Board of Trustees and is an adjunct professor at the law school.

Oregon State Bar gives awards to two Willamette grads

The Oregon State Bar recently honored Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Janice Wilson BA’76, JD’79, and Allison Boomer JD’09, with awards for their contributions to the legal profession in Oregon.

Wilson won the Wallace P. Carson Award for Judicial Excellence, which annually honors a member of the state’s judiciary. The award, named for former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Carson, JD’62, goes to a current or retired state or federal court judge who has significantly contributed to the judicial system and who, the OSB states, “is a model of professionalism, integrity and judicial independence.”

Stephen V. Piucci, president of the Oregon State Bar, said of Wilson, “I had one of my first trials in front of Judge Wilson…she stands head and shoulders above the rest of us.”

Wilson chairs the Multnomah Civil Case Management Committee and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers Trial Experience Committee. She is a founder and current chair of the Oregon Judges Charitable Foundation.

Allison Boomer received the Oregon New Lawyers Division Member Service Award for her work organizing member programs and special projects. Boomer has been instrumental in planning new lawyers socials in Portland and expanded the presence of the New Lawyers Division in Salem, Piucci said.

Boomer is a member of Oregon Women Lawyers and president of the Mary Leonard Law Society. She works as a magistrate pro tempore for the Oregon Tax Court.