- Judge William C. Snouffer was a law clerk to Oregon Supreme Court Justice Ralph M. Holman, a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County, OR, lawyer in private practice, law professor at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, a judge and an author. See: WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW (1st ed. 1978), and later editions. He was born in New Jersey and grew up in all parts of the United States, graduating from high school in Biloxi, MS, in 1957. He attended Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, was graduated with an A.B. degree in June, 1962, and was a student at the Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland. He attended law school at the Univ. of Chicago Law School, and earned a J.D. degree in 1965. He practiced law in Oregon after admission to the bar in 1965, was a District Court judge from 1976 to 1978 and from 1980 to 1984, a pro-tem Circuit Court judge from 1979 to 1980, a Circuit Court judge in Multnomah County from 1984 to 2002, and a senior judge since 2002.
Judge Snouffer has written and edited a number of books and articles. In 1975 he authored CRIMINAL JUSTICE STANDARDS IN OREGON (Oregon Supreme Court, Salem, OR: 1975). He compiled a 10-volume OREGON CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE of 1973, LEGISLATIVE HISTORY (Or. Criminal Law Rev. Comm'n, Salem, OR: 1974), for the law library of Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR. He was editor of numerous continuing legal education books and their frequent supplements, including CRIMINAL LAW (Or. State Bar CLE: 1974); CRIMINAL CONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURE and CRIMINAL TRIAL PROCEDURE (Or. State Bar CLE: 1977); and CRIMINAL LAW (Or. State Bar CLE: 1986). He arranged and edited the OREGON JUDGES' CRIMINAL BENCHBOOK (Or. Judicial Conference: 1979). Over the years he wrote four articles published in the Or. Law Review and about 20 other articles and chapters in various law-related publications. After a trip to India he co-authored, with his wife Kathi, "Darjeeling - Traditions of the Tea Capital," in vol. 6, Fresh Cup Magazine, p. 26 (Oct. 1997). More recently he penned a tribute to Oregon's Deschutes River country in THE SOLV OREGON OWNER'S MANUAL, p. 159 (SOLV, Hillsboro, OR: 2002).
When still a young boy, Snouffer first appeared in print in the Illinois Central Magazine, p. 44 (May 1946), as follows:
"Clyde A. Kent, car inspector for the Illinois Central here [Cedar Rapids, IA] and president of the Cedar Rapids Service Club, has 38 years of railroad service. Shown with him in the picture accompanying this column [in the magazine] is his grandson, Bill Snouffer.
"Bill's 2 sisters, Noel and Anne, and a brother, Richard Kent Snouffer, are equally eager to ride 'grandpa's train.'
" *** Young Bill was in Alaska when war was declared, and is a well-traveled 6-year-old, who has made 6 complete trips across the United States...."
Prior to his legal career, Snouffer was employed in various capacities, including working as a copy boy for the Associated Press in the House of Representatives Press Gallery in Washington, D.C. In that capacity he appeared (along with perhaps 1,000 others) in Life magazine, which displayed President Eisenhower's State of the Union address to Congress. Life, vol. 46, pp. 16-17 (19 Jan 1959). At a resort in northern Vermont he worked in the kitchens and later as the night watchman and desk clerk. He also worked as a cashier at a summer resort in New Hampshire. During various intervals totalling a year's time, he was employed in the Far East Division of the Peace Corps, and while working there in 1961 appeared along with his boss in Ebony magazine. Ebony, vol. 17, p. 38 (Nov. 1961). The next year he escorted the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers assigned to work in North Borneo & Sarawak, a fact noted in the Sarawak Annual Report, pp. 7, 144a (Kuching, Sarawak; Government Printing Office: 1962). [Sarawak and North Borneo are now part of Malaysia.] His second appearance in Life was in 1976, in his capacity as a Multnomah County judge, when, as part of its Bicentennial Issue, the magazine did a feature on the criminal justice system in Portland, Oregon. Life, vol. 14, p. 70 (Fall Special: 1991).
Snouffer has lived in Portland, OR since 1966.