- May 20, 2013
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Michael McShane to the Federal District Court in Oregon by voice vote. He is the first openly-gay man to serve as a federal judge in Oregon.
McShane has been an 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 defender in the Office of the Portland Metropolitan Public Defender. McShane later went on to become a judge pro tempore and then a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge.
McShane is the sixth openly-gay individual to be confirmed to a federal judgeship with lifetime tenure, five of whom were nominated by President Barack Obama. The other was nominated by President Bill Clinton. Three other openly-gay nominees are currently pending in the Senate. One of which, if confirmed, would be the first openly-gay federal appellate court judge.
We congratulate Mr. McShane on a much deserved achievement and thank the White House and Senate for their continued commitment to nominating and confirming well-qualified, diverse judicial nominees.