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10/07/2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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Bar Association Announces Ratings, Releases Poll Results

Audrey C. Talley, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Leigh M. Skipper, Chair of the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, today announced the results of the Commission's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court in the November 4 general election.

In addition, the Judicial Commission also released the results of a poll of all Philadelphia lawyers conducted for the Bar Association earlier this year by Parente Consulting.  The poll invited respondents to rate specific aspects of the judicial performance of each of the retention judges.  Under the bylaws of the Association, the poll is not binding upon the Commission's deliberations, although it must be published with the Commission's findings. The complete poll results are available from the Bar Association.

The 29-member Judicial Commission includes lawyers and non-lawyers as well as the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, the Chief Public Defender, the City Solicitor, the Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Vice Chancellor of the Bar Association and representatives of diverse interests within the community.

Each of the currently rated candidates was voted upon by the Commission.  Those found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability and training, trial experience, character, integrity, judicial temperament and mental and physical ability and community involvement.  The complete criteria are available from the Bar Association.

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "Recommended" for retention on the Court of Common Pleas: 

Judge Jacqueline F. Allen
Judge Steven R. Geroff
Judge D. Webster Keogh
Judge William J. Manfredi
Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson
Judge Rayford A. Means
Judge Sandra M. Moss
Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe
Judge Albert W. Sheppard, Jr.
Judge Carolyn E. Temin
Judge Allan L. Tereshko
The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "Not Recommended" for retention on the Court of Common Pleas: 
Judge Genece E. Brinkley
Judge Tama Myers Clark
Judge Thomas D. Watkins
The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "Recommended" for retention to
Municipal Court:  
Judge Robert S. Blasi
Judge Frank T. Brady
Judge Barbara S. Gilbert
Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland
Judge Marsha H. Neifield
Judge Craig M. Washington
The following judge was found "Not Recommended" for retention to Municipal Court:
Judge Gwendolyn A. Conway
The Commission reiterated its ratings of the following candidates who have been found "Recommended" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
Ramy I. Djerassi
Judge Joseph A. Dych
Holly J. Ford
Brenda Frazier-Clemons
Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart
Judge Bradley K. Moss
Thomas M. Nocella
Paula A. Patrick
Doris A. Pechkurow
Nina Wright-Padilla
The Commission reiterated its ratings of the following candidates who have been found "Not Recommended" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
Judge Lori A. Dumas
Judge Leslie Fleisher
Joel S. Johnson
For a complete guide to the Judicial Elections visit the Philadelphia Bar Association Web site: www.philadelphiabar.org.
 

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