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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
| Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Esq. |
| Teresa F. Sachs, Esq. |
Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, today announced additional results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and candidates for Philadelphia Municipal Court in the May 21 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.
Wilkinson noted that the list of "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates announced today includes additional names of candidates whose investigations were completed since the original list of ratings was released by the Bar Association on April 2. The list announced today also removes the names of previously rated candidates who have withdrawn from the ballot since April 2.
"We invite people to learn about these candidate ratings by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org," Wilkinson said. The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a banner that appears on the homepage of the Association's website. The banner contains a link to print the candidates' ratings so voters can bring the list to the polls. Wilkinson said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find a thorough, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."
The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and practice groups.
The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission's own 120-member investigative division, which includes 30 non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at www.philadelphiabar.org.
"The Commission completed more than 35 evaluations of candidates for the nine open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair Teresa F. Sachs. "That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission."
Following is the updated list of ratings.
The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:
The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court: