|Jim M. Shake|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Kentucky Circuit Court 30|
|Title:||Chief circuit judge|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Brereton Jones|
|Undergraduate:||University of Louisville, 1977|
|Law School:||University for law school, 1980|
|Candidate for:||Kentucky Court of Appeals|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||May 22nd, 2012|
|Election date:||November 6th, 2012|
James "Jim" M. Shake is the chief circuit court judge for the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit, serving Jefferson County of Kentucky. He has served on the court since 1993, having been appointed by then-Governor Brereton Jones. Shake was a candidate for the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2012, but lost to Irv Maze.
A product of the Jefferson County public schooling system himself, Shake attended college on a football scholarship before a knee injury dashed his athletic hopes. He then transferred to the University of Louisville, where in 1977 he graduated with honors. He stayed at the University of Louisville for law school and graduated in 1980 with his J.D.
Shake started his career as a public defender for Jefferson County, where he worked for three years. He left the defender's office to start a private practice, while at the same time serving as an assistant county attorney.
In March of 1993, Shake was appointed to the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit, Division 2 by then-Governor Brereton Jones. He has served there ever since, and has been chosen as chief judge of the court three times by the court's other members, most recently in 2007. In his time on the bench, Shake has garnered distinguished reviews from local attorneys, and in 2003 he was named Judge of the Year by the Louisville Bar Association.
Shake ran for judge in the 4th district, 1st division of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Shake and current Kentucky Circuit Courts judge Irv Maze defeated Ruth Ann Cox Pence in the primary election on May 22nd, 2012. Maze and Shake competed in the general election on November 6th. He lost in the November general election to Maze, getting 49.21% of the vote.
- See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2012
October 22 forum
The Louisville Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is hosting a candidates forum for Abramson and Shake on Wednesday, Octo will host a judicial forum for candidates for the Supreme Court of Kentucky on Wednesday, October 22 in Louisville. University of Kentucky law professor Paul Salamanca will moderate the panel.
Louisville Bar Association rankings
|Candidate||Highly qualified||Qualified||Not qualified||Do not know||Not rated|
|Lisabeth Hughes Abramson||65.7%||18.3%||2.2%||8.6%||5.2%|
Shake weighs DNA testing
Judge Shake must decide whether or not to honor the first DNA testing request made by one of Kentucky's Death Row inmates. Shake has said there is “reasonable probability” that, if the testing existed at the time the inmate allegedly committed murder,--1979--he would not have been convicted.
The case of the 18 fired teachers
The Jefferson County Teachers Association sued Jefferson County's school district superintendent Sheldon Berman in May 2008 for not rehiring 18 teachers who had been released due to alleged disciplinary and performance issues. In July 2008, Shake refused to grant the temporary injunction that had been requested by the teacher's union asking that the teachers be re-instated pending a full hearing.
- ↑ Kentucky Court of Justice: Kentucky Circuit Court Judges
- ↑ Kentucky State Board of Elections, 2010 State Election Results
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Shake Biography, Campaign Page
- ↑ Kentucky Secretary of State, "Elections: James M. "Jim" Shake," January 19, 2012
- ↑ The Courier Journal, "Irv Maze, Jim Shake advance to Kentucky Court of Appeals general election," May 23, 2012
- ↑ Abramson retains Supreme Court seat
- ↑ Law Reader
- ↑ Musings of a Bluegrass Barrister, "Mark your calendars", September 20, 2008
- ↑ Kentucky Bar Association 2008 judicial candidate poll results
- ↑ Know a judge, ask an attorney, September 24, 2008
- ↑ More DNA tests in 1979 slaying case requested
- ↑ Berman ad slips onto air