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January 27, 2012

Multnomah County DA to receive Frohnmayer Award for Public Service

Michael Schrunk to be honored by UO School of Law

Multnomah County District Attorney Michael D. Schrunk is the 2012 recipient of the University of Oregon School of Law’s Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. A dinner and ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, at The Nines in Portland. 

Schrunk, a 1967 graduate of the law school, has served as the elected District Attorney in Multnomah County since 1981, heading the largest and most active district attorney’s office in Oregon, with 120 full time staff and 76 full time attorneys, serving a population of more than 735,000.

Schrunk is a Portland native and an Oregonian through and through. He was a quarterback at both Roosevelt High School and Portland State University. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1967. Following his graduation, Schrunk served in the Vietnam War as a captain in the United States Marine Corps. He became a Multnomah County prosecutor in 1970 and served in that capacity before moving to private practice in 1977. Schrunk is past president of the Multnomah County Bar Association and the Oregon District Attorneys Association; he was Chair of the Regional Organized Crime Narcotics Task Force (ROCN) from 1987 through 2011.

Schrunk has been a leader in several innovative justice initiatives, including: the Neighborhood DA Unit established in 1990; Drug Court which began in 1991; and Community Court which opened its doors in 1998. In 2010, his office worked with the state and other safety partners to implement START (Success Through Accountability, Restitution, and Treatment) Court, a post-sentencing treatment court for felony property offenders. Schrunk is a member of Multnomah County’s Public Safety Coordinating Council and the Multnomah County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. He has served as a lecturer for the National College of District Attorneys, the National Advocacy Center, the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, the Drug Enforcement Administration, National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. He has provided articles and reviews for the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice. He has been a consultant to the American University Courts Technical Assistance program and to Zagreb, Croatia for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Among numerous national awards, Schrunk has received the Public Service Award for Community Leadership from the United States Department of Justice. In 2011, he received the Multnomah Bar Association’s Professionalism Award, the organization’s highest honor, and the Spirit of Portland Award.

Now in its 11th year, the Frohnmayer Award is given annually in Portland by the Oregon Law School Alumni Association. It recognizes a graduate, faculty member, or friend whose public service brings honor to the school. Past recipients include:


2011 Duncan Campbell
2010 Honorable Ellen Rosenblum and Richard Meeker
2009 Barbara Bader Aldave
2008 Chief Justice Edwin Peterson
2007 Justice Hans A. Linde
2006 Honorable Clifford Freeman
2005 Lawrence “Lare” Aschenbrenner
2004 Honorable Alfred “Ted” Goodwin
2003 Hardy Meyers
2002 Dave Frohnmayer

For additional information and to register for the event, visit http://www.uoregonlaw.com/frohnmayer2012

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