Conference to Celebrate The Oregon Supreme Court Sesquicentennial

SALEM, Ore. — The Willamette University Center for Law and Government is
pleased to sponsor a conference celebrating the Oregon Supreme Court’s 150 years of service to the state of Oregon. Among the topics to be discussed are the history of the Court, the manner in which its members are selected and retain their seats, and the Court’s contributions to American law. In addition, the current chief justice and several current and former members of the Oregon Supreme Court will discuss the Court’s place within the state judicial system and the Oregon legal community more broadly. The Oregon State Bar Appellate Litigation Section and the University of Oregon Kenneth O’Connell Conference are co-sponsors of the event.

A highlight of the conference will be the keynote lecture by Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz of the Oregon Supreme Court. A 1975 graduate of Willamette University College of Law, De Muniz worked in public defense and private practice for 15 years before being tapped by the governor to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals. He served on the appeals court for more than 10 years, including three years as a presiding judge on one of the three appellate court panels. De Muniz was first elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in January 2001. Five years later, he was unanimously elected by the other justices to head the Court.

“A Supreme Sesquicentennial: The Oregon Supreme Court at 150 Years and Beyond” will be held Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a reception will immediately follow the event.

The symposium registration fee is $175 for Bar and non-Bar members and $140 for judges, government lawyers and public interest attorneys. Registration is free for law students with a valid student identification card.

Attendees are eligible to receive six hours of general Oregon Continuing Legal Education credit.

For conference registration information, please call the Willamette Center for Law and Government at 503-370-6046 or send an e-mail to Reyna Meyers at

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The Willamette Center for Law and Government was established in 2002 to promote the impartial study and understanding of federal-state and government-citizen relations in the United States. The Center administers a specialized curricular program for law students, conducts academic symposia and conferences, sponsors programs of training and orientation for public and elected officials, and holds a national essay competition on the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.

The Center for Law and Government is endowed by a generous contribution from Willamette law graduate Kenneth D. Peterson Jr. JD’80 and the Peterson Family Foundation.

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