Santos to Receive OHBA Award

The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association has announced it will honor Willamette law alumnus Daniel P. Santos JD’86 at its annual award dinner in February. Santos will receive the 2009 Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, which is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism, enhances Oregon’s legal community and makes significant contributions to the state’s Latino community. The award is named for the current chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, who received the inaugural award in 2007.

Through his work and extracurricular activities, Santos has influenced the lives of countless minorities over the years. In addition to providing clerkships and internships in the courts and governor’s office for women and minorities, he is a founding member of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos, a program that connects Hispanic youth in need of financial assistance for college with local businesses. This program alone has changed the lives of numerous Hispanic youths in Oregon, helping them gain greater access to higher education.

Santos’ resume is a long one, reflecting the breadth of his interests and talents. He has been juvenile justice policy assistant for the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, supervised the Oregon Migrant Education Service Center and directed the Jackson County Migrant Education Program. He also has served as chair and member of the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision for the State of Oregon. Santos now serves as a senior policy adviser to the office of Gov. Ted Kulongoski, where he works on an array of issues, including labor, collective bargaining, housing, work force, education, military services and emergency management.

The OHBA award dinner will be held on Feb. 20, 2009, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland. For more information, please visit