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|Current Court Information:|
|Oregon Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Ted Kulongoski|
|Succeeded by:||Thomas Balmer|
|Past post:||Oregon Supreme Court|
|Past post 2:||Oregon Court of Appeals|
|Past term 2:||1990-2000|
|Undergraduate:||Portland State University, 1972|
|Law School:||Williamette University College of Law, 1975|
DeMuniz served in the Air Force before earning his degrees, from 1966 to 1970. His service included a tour in Vietnam, from 1968 to 1969.
DeMuniz began his legal career in 1975 as a deputy public defender for the state of Oregon. He joined the law firm Garret, Seideman, Hemann, Robertson & De Muniz, P.C. in 1977. He practiced law in this capacity until 1990. In 1988, he also worked as a special prosecutor in Douglas County. He joined the Oregon Court of Appeals in 1990. In 1997, he became the Presiding Judge of Department One of this court and he worked in this capacity until his election to the Supreme Court in 2000.
Awards and associations
- 1998-2002: Member, Judicial Fitness and Disability Commission
- 2006-present: Member, Board of Trustee, Williamette University
- 1995-present: Member, Board of Visitors, Williamette University College of Law's Board of Visitors
- 1997: Mentor of the Year, Williamette University College of Law
- 1985-1990: Member, Oregon Criminal Justice Council
- 1980-1983: Member, Board of Bar Examiners, Oregon State Bar
- 1980 Chair: Oregon State Bar's Criminal Law Section
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. DeMuniz received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.87, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -1.00 that justices received in Oregon. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Oregon Supreme Court, The Honorable Paul J. De Muniz
- Project Vote Smart, Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz (OR)
- PSU Alumni Association, "Profile: Passing judgment in Oregon's top court
- The Heartland Institute, "Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Law Protecting Property Rights," April 1, 2006
- 2000 election result
- The Oregonian, "Oregon Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz will retire at end of term, leaving seat to wide-open race," October 13, 2011
- Statesman Journal "Chief justice De Muniz will retire" Oct. 14, 2011
- Press Release, "Justice Thomas Balmer Elected as Next Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice," January 20, 2012
- Official biography of Justice Muniz
- Oregon Blue Book list of Oregon Supreme Court justices
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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