Michael J. McShane Biography – Michael J. McShane Wiki
Michael J. McShane full name Michael Jerome McShane, is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
McShane first moved to Portland, Oregon in 1983, when he was serving as a volunteer working with homeless people through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. After graduating from law school, he went to work as a public defender in Portland.
McShane began his career as a public defender, and then went on to serve for 11 years as a circuit judge for Multnomah County, Oregon. In 2012, President Obama nominated him to take over an empty spot on the federal district court in Eugene, Oregon.
McShane sits on the boards of The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. He previously sat on the board of St. Andrew Nativity School, an inner city middle school in Portland for disadvantaged youth. He taught criminal practice and trial advocacy at Lewis & Clark Law School and is a frequent lecturer at law schools and bar associations in Oregon.
Michael J. McShane Age
He was born in 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States as Michael Jerome McShane.
Michael J. McShane Education
McShane earned his BA from Gonzaga University. He went on to earn his law degree from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern University.
Michael J. McShane Gay
McShane is openly gay, and he is the first openly gay federal judge in Oregon.
In 2014, McShane issued a ruling that would end Oregon State’s ban on same-sex marriage, which he said violated the US Constitution. His decision was applauded by LGBT-rights groups and was slammed by some conservatives, who said that he had issued the ruling from a “kangaroo court.” In his ruling, McShane wrote, “There is no legitimate state interest that would justify the denial of the full and equal recognition, attendant rights, benefits, protections, privileges, obligations, responsibilities and immunities of marriage to same-gender couples.”
Michael J. McShane Partner
McShane’s partner is Gregory Ford.
Michael J. McShane Son
McShane adopted a son, now in his early twenties, who had come from an abusive home.