|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|
|Candidate for:||Kentucky Circuit Court 30|
|Election information 2014:|
James "Jim" M. Shake is the chief circuit court judge for the 30th Judicial Circuit, serving Jefferson County of Kentucky. He has served on the court since 1993, having been appointed by former Governor Brereton Jones. He was re-elected without opposition in 2014 for an eight-year term that expires on January 1, 2023.
- See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
| Shake ran for re-election to the 30th Judicial Circuit.
General: He was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.
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
|Lisabeth Hughes Abramson||4th District||55.2%|
|Jim Shake||4th District||44.8%|
Louisville Bar Association ratings
744 members of the Louisville Bar Association rated the two candidates.
|Candidate||Highly qualified||Qualified||Not qualified||Do not know||Not rated|
|Lisabeth Hughes Abramson||65.7%||18.3%||2.2%||8.6%||5.2%|
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 former 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 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," accessed November 11, 2014
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Election: 2014 Primary Election: Circuit Judge," accessed January 29, 2014
- Judicial selection in Kentucky
- Kentucky State Board of Elections, 2010 State Election Results
- 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
- The Courier-Journal, "Abramson retains Supreme Court seat," November 5, 2008
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," November 26, 2008
- Kentucky Bar Association, "2008 judicial candidate poll results" (Broken)
- Official campaign website of Jim Shake, "Biography" (Broken)
- Bluegrass Beat, "More DNA tests in 1979 slaying case requested" (Broken)
- The Courier-Journal, "Union's Berman ad slips onto air," August 19, 2008