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05/04/2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Mark Tarasiewicz

Phone: 215-238-6346


Philadelphia Bar Association Releases Ratings of Judicial Candidates for May 17 Primary Election

Contacts:

Rudolph Garcia, Esq.
Phone: 215-665-3843
Email: rudolph.garcia@bipc.com

Richard S. Seidel, Esq.
Phone: 215-546-1225
Email: rss@rss-law.com

Rudolph Garcia, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, announced final 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 17 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

Garcia noted that the final list of "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates includes additional names of candidates whose investigations were completed since the original list of ratings was released by the Bar Association on April 4. The list also removes the names of previously rated candidates who have withdrawn from the ballot since April 4. The ratings provide the results for candidates who are on the ballot who submitted to the Association's evaluation process by the Bar's announced deadline of December 8, 2010.

"We invite people to learn about these candidate ratings by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org," Garcia 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. Garcia 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 Campaign for Qualified Judges is also using television and radio spots, print ads, targeted emails and flyer distributions to educate voters as the election draws near.

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 various sections of the Bar.

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 40 evaluations of candidates for the 11 open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair Richard S. Seidel. "That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission."

The following is the final list of judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, who were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Drew Aldinger Recommended
Diana Anhalt Recommended
Giovanni O. Campbell Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle Recommended
Charles Ehrlich Recommended
Michael Fanning Recommended
Angelo J. Foglietta Recommended
Vince Giusini Recommended
Roger F. Gordon, Jr. Recommended
Daine Grey, Jr. Recommended
Jonathan Q. Irvine Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended
Sean Kennedy Recommended
Robert M. Kline Recommended
Sayde J. Ladov Recommended
Harry J. Levant Recommended
Christopher Mallios, Jr. Recommended
Barbara A. McDermott Recommended
Maria McLaughlin Recommended
Stephen J. Negro Recommended
Carolyn H. Nichols Recommended
J. Scott O'Keefe Recommended
Joseph J. O'Neill Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. Recommended
Stephanie M. Sawyer Recommended
Fran Shields Recommended
Joseph C. Waters, Jr. Recommended
Edward C. Wright Recommended

The following is the final list of judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, who were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Derrick W. Coker Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended
Marvin L. Williams Recommended

The following is the final list of judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, who were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Kenneth Citrino Not Recommended
Jim Divergilis Not Recommended
Tom Fitzpatrick Not Recommended
Leon A. King II Not Recommended
Beverly Muldrow Not Recommended
Meredith Seigle-DiClaudio Not Recommended
Lopez T. Thompson Not Recommended
Ted J. Vigilante Not Recommended
Nycole Watson Not Recommended

The following is the final list of judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, who were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Kenneth Citrino Not Recommended
Martin S. Coleman Not Recommended
Meredith Seigle-DiClaudio Not Recommended
Anita Smith Not Recommended
Nycole Watson Not Recommended

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