Judge of the Circuit Court
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Michael
McShane

Nonpartisan

Occupation: Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Department 19

Occupational Background: Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem, Multnomah County (1997-2001); Senior Attorney, Metropolitan Public Defender (1988-1997)

Educational Background: Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, J.D. (1988); Gonzaga University, B.A. (1983)

Prior Governmental Experience: Circuit Court Judge (2001-present); Hearings Referee in traffic, small claims, landlord-tenant, and criminal courts (1997-2001)

JUDGE MCSHANE IS EXPERIENCED

Judge McShane has worked in our Justice System for over twenty years. He moved to Portland in 1983 as a Jesuit Volunteer working with parolees and probationers who were homeless. As a trial lawyer, he litigated in excess of a thousand cases before judges and juries. Now on the bench for ten years, he handles a diverse caseload of complex criminal and civil matters. In 2005 Judge McShane was selected to sit as one of four judges on the death penalty panel for the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

JUDGE MCSHANE CARES ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Judge McShane believes that judges should be involved in service to the community. He actively participates in many organizations that serve both the legal and local community, including the following:

JUDGE MCSHANE LISTENS

Judge McShane listens to and cares about the victims, litigants, witnesses and jurors who appear in the courtroom. He understands the balance between community safety and respect for the human dignity of each person effected by his decisions. Judge McShane has a measured humility that allows him to learn from and listen to the stakeholders in the Justice System.

(This information furnished by The Committee to Retain Judge Michael McShane.)