Michael J. McShane

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Michael McShane
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 30, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Michael Hogan
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 53–54)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Domestic partner Gregory Ford
Alma mater Gonzaga University
Lewis and Clark College

Michael Jerome McShane (born 1961) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McShane spent his childhood in a conservative Catholic family in Kennewick, Washington, where he attended high school.[1] He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1983 from Gonzaga University. Upon graduating, he joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, spending two years in Portland as a corrections counselor.[2]

He left the Jesuit Volunteer Corps to go to law school, enrolling at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, from which he received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1988. He had worked for the Clark County District Attorney's office during law school but, on graduating, McShane joined the Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, where he worked from 1988 to 1997.

Judicial service[edit]

He served as a full-time Judge Pro Tempore on the Multnomah County Circuit Court from 1997 to 2001 and as a Judge on the same court from 2001 to 2013. He handled civil, criminal and family court cases. He received the Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award in 2012.[3]

Nomination to U.S. District Court[edit]

On September 19, 2012, President Obama nominated McShane to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, to the seat vacated by Judge Michael R. Hogan who took senior status on September 24, 2011.[3] On January 2, 2013, his nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate.

On January 3, 2013, he was renominated to the same office. His nomination was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 7, 2013, by voice vote.[4]

The Senate confirmed his nomination on May 20, 2013, by voice vote. He received his commission on May 30, 2013.

Same-Sex Marriage[edit]

On May 19, 2014, Judge McShane struck down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban in Geiger v. Kitzhaber. He ordered that marriages begin immediately and the state of Oregon refused to appeal the ruling. This resulted in the legalization of Same-sex marriage in Oregon.

Personal[edit]

McShane is openly gay,[5] and he is the first openly gay federal judge in Oregon.[6] His partner is Gregory Ford,[1] and they have a son.[7]

McShane sits on the board of St. Andrew Nativity School, an inner city middle school for disadvantaged youth. In addition, he teaches at Lewis & Clark Law School.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gay marriage: Openly gay judge, Michael McShane, in spotlight overseeing Oregon case". The Oregonian. April 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Michael McShane - Multnomah Bar Association". Mbabar.org. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Nomination announcement from". whitehouse.gov. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Renomination announcement". Whitehouse.gov. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  5. ^ Oregon Judicial Department (2012-09-19). "Obama nominates Multnomah County Circuit Judge Michael McShane to federal bench". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  6. ^ "President Obama Nominates Openly Gay Judge for Federal Court in Oregon | Human Rights Campaign". Hrc.org. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  7. ^ Denniston, Lyle (May 19, 2014). "Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban nullified". SCOTUSBlog. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Michael Hogan
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
2013–present
Incumbent