Jim Shake

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Jim M. Shake
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Current Court Information:
Kentucky Circuit Court 30
Title:   Chief circuit judge
Service:
Appointed by:   Gov. Brereton Jones
Active:   1993-Present
Personal History
Home state:   Kentucky
Undergraduate:   University of Louisville, 1977
Law School:   University for law school, 1980
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Court of Appeals
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  May 22nd, 2012
Primary vote:  38%ApprovedA
Election date:  November 6th, 2012
Election vote:  49.21%
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Circuit Court 30
Position:  2nd Division
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Election date:  11/4/2014


James "Jim" M. Shake is the chief circuit court judge for the 30th Judicial Circuit, serving Jefferson County of Kentucky.[1] He has served on the court since 1993, having been appointed by former Governor Brereton Jones. Shake was a candidate for the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2012, but lost to Irv Maze.[2] He is running for re-election to the 30th Judicial Circuit in 2014.

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
Shake is running for re-election to the 30th Judicial Circuit.
General: He will be unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]
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2012

Shake ran for judge in the 4th district, 1st division of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.[4] Shake and current Kentucky Circuit Courts judge Irv Maze defeated Ruth Ann Cox Pence in the primary election on May 22nd, 2012.[5] 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

2008

Shake ran as a candidate for the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2008 against incumbent Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson. He lost the electoral contest, receiving 45% of the vote.[6]

Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
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Lisabeth Hughes Abramson ApprovedA 4th District55.2%
Jim Shake 4th District44.8%

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Louisville Bar Association ratings

744 members of the Louisville Bar Association rated the two candidates.[8]

Candidate Highly qualified Qualified Not qualified Do not know Not rated
Lisabeth Hughes Abramson 65.7% 18.3% 2.2% 8.6% 5.2%
Jim Shake 58.7% 28.6% 2.6% 5.5% 4.6%

Education

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.[9]

Career

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.[9]

Notable rulings

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.[10]

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.[11]

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