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President Obama Nominates Openly Gay Judge for Federal Court in Oregon

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This post comes from HRC Law Fellow Ian Wilhite:

On Wednesday, Michael McShane, a Multnomah County Circuit Judge was nominated for a seat on the Federal District Court in Oregon. If confirmed, he will be the first openly gay federal judge in Oregon.

United States Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden both gave supportive statements of McShane’s judicial nomination. Senator Wyden said that the president’s nomination of McShane is an “excellent choice” and also stated that “Michael's 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.”

Michael McShane has been a successful practicing attorney for over 24 years. He attended Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland and after graduation McShane spent many years representing indigent criminal clients as a public defending in the Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland. McShane later went on to become a judge pro tempore and then a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge.

HRC congratulates him on a much deserved achievement!

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