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May 30, 2014

Hon. David Schuman ’84 is 2014 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service recipient

The University of Oregon School of Law is pleased to announce the 2014 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service honoree is the Honorable David Schuman. This year's award ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland.

The Frohnmayer Award recognizes a member of the Oregon Law community whose public service brings honor to the school. The award was established in 2002 by the Law School Alumni Association and was named in honor of the family of University of Oregon President Emeritus and Law Professor Dave Frohnmayer.

Judge Schuman earned a B.A. from Stanford University, M.A. from San Francisco State University, a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Oregon Law, graduating with honors in 1984. Subsequently, he served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Hans Linde of the Oregon Supreme Court and then as an assistant attorney general in the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

In 1987, Schuman became a member of the Oregon Law faculty, where he taught constitutional law, criminal procedure, legislation and administrative law; between 1994 and 1996 he also served as associate dean for academic affairs. While a law professor, he received the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching, the university's highest teaching honor.

In 1997, Schuman was appointed as deputy attorney general in the Oregon Department of Justice, where he served until 2001. In January 2001, after a four-year term as deputy attorney general, Schuman returned briefly to the Oregon Law faculty where he was promoted to the rank of full professor. On March 5, 2001, Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Schuman to the Oregon Court of Appeals. He was elected to a full six-year term in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. Schuman retired in 2014 and will return to the law school faculty in 2015.

He has mentored numerous students and professional colleagues. In addition, Judge Schuman is an active volunteer for nonprofit organizations in the local community.

"David brought in abundance those three qualities of a great lawyer that Dean Orlando Hollis once named as his choices: intelligence, integrity, and a capacity for hard work… David’s public career is an achievement that should be a source of great pride for the School of Law," said former Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers '64 in a nomination statement.

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