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Governor Kitzhaber announces Multnomah Circuit Court vacancy

Judge McShane confirmed by the United States Senate for a seat on the United States District Court
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for a judicial position on the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Michael J. McShane. The Governor congratulated Judge McShane on his confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge McShane’s resignation takes effect May 29, 2013. 
Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office. Interested applicants should mail or deliver the form to: Liani J. Reeves, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013.  The form may be faxed or e-mailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date to be considered received as long as the original signed form is postmarked by the closing date.
Interested applicants who submitted a completed application in 2013 may rely on their earlier submission if they send a new cover letter that attests that the information in the previously submitted application is accurate and complete. The new cover letter and any updated information must be received by the deadline listed above.
Governor Kitzhaber fills judicial vacancies based on merit. He encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. ORS 3.041(2) further states: "[e]ach judge of the circuit court shall be a resident of or have a principal office in the judicial district for which the judge is elected or appointed, except that in any judicial district having a population of 500,000 or more, according to the latest federal decennial census, any judge of the circuit court may reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the judicial district." Multnomah County has a population in excess of 500,000. ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.
To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Jen Andrew (503-378-6246). The Interest Form for Judicial Appointments is also available online at:
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