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: Hearings Referee in traffic, small claims, landlord-tenant, and criminal courts (1997-2001); Clark County Prosecutor's Office, Intern (1987)
JUDGE MCSHANE IS EXPERIENCED
Judge McShane has worked in the Justice System for nineteen years. As a trial lawyer, he litigated over a thousand cases before courts and juries. Judge McShane has experience both prose-cuting and defending criminal cases. As a pro tem judge he presided over the county's busiest dockets in the traffic, small claim and criminal departments. Since his appointment to the Circuit Court by Governor Kitzhaber, he has demonstrated his ability to make tough decisions in complex civil and criminal cases.
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 to and cares about the victims, litigants, witnesses and jurors who appear in his courtroom.
"You [Judge McShane] clearly respected the human dignity of every person appearing before you. You truly exemplified compassionate justice in the best tradition of the old Jewish mandate that, as for the laws, we are meant to live by them, they are meant to uplift the human condition, not repress and distort it."
--Rabbi Ariel Stone-Halpern
(This information furnished by Committee to Retain Judge Michael
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