Director & Supervising Attorney, Board Vice-Chair
2019 MCBA Carson Award recipient for service to the community
Kimberley is a native Oregonian and, after living on the east coast and numerous places between, returned to Oregon to complete her undergraduate and law degrees. She met then Chief Justice De Muniz at PSU, their now shared alma mater. Their acquaintance was pivotal in Kimberley’s decision to attend law school at Willamette and she enjoyed the distinct pleasure to intern for De Muniz through law school. When the Chief asked her to establish a legal clinic at the Reentry Resource Center during her last year of law school, she gulped (ecstatically!) and...here we are. Kimberley also practices Family Law and Landlord/Tenant Law with Royer & Associates, here in Salem. Motto she is most known for: I do just enough private practice to support my pro bono (now non-profit) habit. Her mission: To make Reentry Law a conversational term and measurable factor in reducing recidivism.
Oregon State Bar Bulletin, October 2014:
B.S. Portland State University, 2010, summa cum laude
J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 2013
Sean is from Mount Vernon, Washington, and completed his undergraduate degree at Western Washington University. After he graduated from WWU, he worked for a small non-profit dispute resolution center as a restorative justice coordinator. Working with youth misdemeanor offenders introduced Sean to the criminal justice system and motivated him to go to law school. During his last semester at Willamette University College of Law, Sean externed at the De Muniz Legal Clinic. He found his externship to be engaging, challenging, and rewarding and he is excited to help clients successfully re-enter our communities.
B.A., Western Washington University, 2011
J.D., Willamette University School of Law, 2018
Paul De Muniz (Ret.)
Founder & Board Chairman
De Muniz refers to his direct involvement in reentry work as a bit of divine intervention: in 2010 a local philanthropist shared that he felt moved to help ex-offenders successfully reenter and remain in the community and asked how his means, paired with Justice De Muniz’ ideas and connections, might achieve that. The resulting private-public partnership opened the De Muniz Reentry Resource Center in 2011 (the then De Muniz Pine Street Resource Center). The Center is a thriving one-stop shop that implements “best practices” to offer clients a broad range of assistance and classes. The Legal Clinic was added in January 2013, became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2016, and continues to provide services in conjunction with the Resource Center.
Before ascending to the bench, the Honorable Paul J. DeMuniz served as a deputy public defender to the State of Oregon, and spent over a decade in private practice with Garrett, Seiderman, Hemann, Robertson and DeMuniz, PC. He then sat on the Oregon Court of Appeals for 10 years, and the Oregon Supreme Court for 12 years, the final six of which he was the Chief Justice. Since “retiring,” De Muniz serves as a Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Adjunct Professor at Willamette University College of Law, and maintains an ambitious work and speaking schedule.
De Muniz was the first Hispanic American elected to statewide office in Oregon, and in 2010 the Hispanic Business Magazine named him among the 100 most influential Hispanics in America. He has spoke extensively to national and international audiences and his work has been recognized with countless state and national honors, including: the National Judicial College’s Distinguished Service Award, the National Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Judicial Recognition Award, the Oregon Classroom Law Project’s Legal Citizen of the Year Award, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award, the Edwin J. Peterson Racial Reconciliation Award, the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Assoc. Kenneth Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Mid-Valley Literacy Center 2016 Literacy Trailblazer Award.
B.S., Portland State University, 1972
J.D., Willamette University, 1975
Bob Cannon retired from the practice of law in 2015. In 1972, he started his legal career by working for the Office of the Oregon Public Defender in Salem. Bob prepared and argued appeals for indigent criminal defendants. While a Deputy Public Defender, Bob started the Oregon Criminal Law newsletter and became an Adjunct Professor at Willamette College of Law teaching classes on Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Advanced Appellate Practice. Following a short stint in private practice Bob was hired by the Attorney General’s office and worked in the Appellate Division and acted as a Special Prosecutor for the state. In 1980, Bob was hired as Marion County Legal Counsel and worked for Marion County for 15 years. In mid-1995, Bob retired from Marion County and opened a boutique practice, representing cities, counties, and locally elected officials.
The Supreme Court appointed Bob to serve as a Circuit Court Judge, pro tem and he did so for twelve years. He was fortunate to travel extensively throughout the state sitting in over twenty counties. Following this, Bob was elected to the Salem City Council and served one term. Bob continues to serve as an Arbitrator for complex contract and real estate transactions.
John Hemann is a native Salemite, born and raised in Salem, and his father was weaving room superintendent of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, also in Salem. John received his bachelor's degree in economics from Willamette University in 1965 and then obtained his law degree, also from Willamette, in 1968. After four years of service in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, he returned to Salem with his family and entered private law practice with the firm that ultimately became known as Garrett, Hemann and Robertson. Mr. Hemann retired from the active practice of law in 2007.
Our Clinic works with students from Willamette University College of Law as well as volunteer local attorneys to provide persons with convictions legal assistance