Judge Julie Frantz

Multnomah County Circuit Court Chief Criminal Judge Julie Frantz

Judge Frantz gaduated from Stanford University with a BA in English in 1971 and from Lewis and Clark School of Law in 1975. After five years with the Metropolitan Public Defender, she joined the civil litigation firm of Holmes, Defrancq and Schulte in 1982 where she became a shareholder in 1986 and continued to practice until taking the bench. In 1992, she became the first woman President of the Oregon State Bar in its 57 year history. Her focus was on promoting access to justice, increasing the diversity within the bar and in bar leadership positions, and on raising the level of civility and professionalism, as well as dealing with issues involving the separation of powers.

Among her many volunteer activities, Judge Frantz served as President of the Oregon Circuit Court Judges Association, Chair of the MBA's Judicial Screening Committee, Vice-Chair/Governance Chair of the Board of Visitors of Lewis and Clark College, President of the Oregon Law Foundation, and vice-chair of the Judicial Conduct Committee. She has served on the OSB Board of Bar Governors, on the Legal Aid and State Public Defender Boards, and on the advisory boards of the Classroom Law Project, the Campaign for Equal Justice, and Girl Scouts Beyond Bars. She was appointed by both the Governor and the Mayor to chair committees in areas pertaining to public safety, and most recently focusing on issues of those with mental illness. Judge Frantz is a former adjunct professor of law (trial practice), currently on the faculty of the New Judges College, an active mentor, and a veteran high school mock trial coach. She most recently completed a four year term as President of the Board of Trustees of Oregon Episcopal School.

After presiding over trials of a variety of civil and criminal cases for a number of years, Judge Frantz was named Chief Criminal Judge for Multnomah County. Her responsibilities are threefold: resolving the matters in court on her daily docket; managing internal administrative responsibilities; and interacting with other key participants from the external entities within the criminal justice system to resolve conflicts, problem solve, and work collaboratively to promote public safety and find approaches that proactively, such as through treatment, address the issues that contribute to recidivism.

Over the years, Judge Frantz has been recognized for her leadership by her peers by being awarded the Multnomah Bar Association's Award of Merit, the Distinguish Graduate Award from Lewis and Clark Law School, the Women's Political Caucus 'Achievement' Award, and was one of several recipients of the County's STOP! Domestic Violence Award. She most recently received the Drinkward Award from Oregon Episcopal School for trustee excellence.

Judge Frantz, together with her husband and children, enjoy traveling, especially their recent volunteer work last summer at an orphanage and in foster homes in Costa Rica through Crosscultural Solutions, as well as a number of high adventure trips. She has had a regular Meals on Wheels route for the past 15 years and is involved with the 'I Have a Dream' Foundation. Her love of life is evident through her disarming smile and quick wit.

Judge Frantz is a former tournament tennis and racquetball player, and was the first State of Oregon Women's Racquetball Champion in 1977. Although extensive surgeries on both knees brought to a halt many demanding sport activities, Judge Frantz still bicycles and kayaks, and plays cribbage with her former colleague and racquetball opponent, the Honorable Ancer Haggerty. The winner always leaves with a smile.

Originally authored by Steven Carpenter and printed in the December 1995 Multnomah Lawyer
Updated for the Internet in 2012