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The Honorable Michael McShane ’88 awarded the Larry K. Amburgey Commitment to Public Interest Law Award

December 02, 2016

  • The Honorable Michael McShane ’88
    The Honorable Michael McShane ’88

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Lewis & Clark Law School will honor Michael McShane, US District Court Judge for the District of Oregon, with the Larry K. Amburgey Commitment to Public Interest Law Award on February 11, 2017, at the Public Interest Law Project Auction. Judge McShane graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1988 before joining the Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland. He then served as a full-time Judge Pro Tempore on the Multnomah County Circuit Court from 1997 to 2001 and as a Judge on the same court from 2001 to 2013. In 2004, Judge McShane was named to the Governor’s Re-Entry Council, which strives to improve the success rates of parolees returning to society after their incarceration. He was confirmed to the federal court in 2013 and currently serves in Eugene.

On and off the bench, Judge McShane is committed to helping at-risk youth. He spent six years on the board of St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free middle school designed to prepare children living in poverty for a college preparatory education. As a state judge, he brought students into his courtroom on a weekly basis to expose them to the justice system. Judge McShane also presided over the Portland Classroom Law Project’s Summer Law Camp for inner city kids. In his own life, Judge McShane is an adoptive and foster parent.

The Larry K. Amburgey Commitment to Public Interest Law Award was established in 2011 to recognize Lewis & Clark Law School graduates who demonstrate long-term and loyal commitment to the public interest law program at the law school. The public is welcome to attend the auction and award presentation. Additional information can be found at

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