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McShane Tapped to Fill Federal Court Vacancy

(CN) - A Portland circuit court judge has been nominated to fill a federal court vacancy in Oregon.

Circuit Court Judge Michael McShane was selected by the president to fill a vacancy in the US District Court of Oregon. McShane has served 11 years as a judge in the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

If his confirmation is approved by the Senate, McShane will fill the position vacated by District Judge Michael Hogan who assumed senior status last year.

McShane has "specialized in complex civil litigation" such as "class action lawsuits, medical negligence, contracts and general tort cases," according to press release issued by the public information office of the Ninth Circuit Court. He has also sat on the state's death penalty panel since 2003 presiding over 25 capital cases.

He is a member of the faculty at his alma mater Lewis and Clark Law School where he teaches trial advocacy and criminal practice.

Prior to serving as a circuit judge, McShane was member of the Multnomah Public Defenders Office.

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