Willamette Announces Alumni Award Winners
Paul DeMuniz JD'75
Distinguished Alumni Citation: Law
As a justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Paul DeMuniz makes decisions that affect the lives of every Oregonian. His election to the Supreme Court in 2000 marked another step in a distinguished legal career that included 10 years as presiding judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals and 15 years as both a public and private attorney. In private law practice, DeMuniz focused on complex civil and criminal cases at both the state and federal level. In 1998 he was appointed to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services by then Secretary of Defense William Cohen. DeMuniz was part of a task force that visited military installations William Cohen. DeMuniz was part of a task force that visited military installations around the world to report to the Defense Department on issues affecting women in the military. He also dedicates many hours to his community and the legal profession. In 1997 he was named Mentor of the Year at WU College of Law. DeMuniz has authored a number of articles on judicial elections, and his work in that regard has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been active in promoting the rule-of-law in Russia. In May 2005 he taught American and Russian criminal procedure as a visiting professor at Khabarovsk State University, Khabarovsk, Russia. He also teaches criminal procedure at the College of Law and recently authored a book on Oregon criminal procedure. He continues to serve Oregon in ways that bring honor and distinction to his high office.