Judge Michael McShane, a Multnomah County [Oregon] Circuit Judge, was nominated by President Obama on September 19th for a seat on Oregon’s Federal District Court. McShane would be moving into the seat vacated by Michael R. Hogan, one of two U.S. district judge posts in Eugene, Oregon, who has moved to senior status. If McShane is confirmed, he will be the first openly gay federal judge in Oregon.
Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden both support McShane’s nomination. Senator Merkley said, “Widely known for his service to the community, [McShane] has made Oregon a better place.” Senator Wyden noted that McShane is an “excellent choice” and that his “background as a judge, a public defender and adjunct law professor makes this a well-earned appointment that I believe deserves quick confirmation by the Senate”.
Aimee Green at The Oregonian notes that both Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk and Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote have written a personal letters of recommendation for his nomination, even though McShane is a former public defender who might have squared off against Schrunk and Foote before.
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