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04/02/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Kathleen D. Wilkinson

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Philadelphia Bar Association Releases First Round of Ratings of Judicial Candidates for May 21 Primary Election

Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, today announced the first round of 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 is still incomplete and said additional names and ratings will be announced as investigations are completed on the remaining candidates. Wilkinson said that the ratings announced today 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 3, 2012.

"We wanted to get these names and ratings out as soon as possible and invite people to learn about these candidate ratings. They can do this by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org," Wilkinson said. Wilkinson added that 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 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 will complete 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.”

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

Giovanni Campbell - Recommended
James C. Crumlish - Recommended
Daine A. Grey, Jr. - Recommended
Chris Mallios - Recommended
Daniel D. McCaffery - Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. - Recommended
Stephanie M. Sawyer - Recommended
Katie Scrivner - Recommended
Fran Shields - Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Martin Coleman - Recommended
Daine A. Grey, Jr. - Recommended
Chris Mallios - Recommended
Fran Shields - Recommended

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

Frank Bennett - Not Recommended
Deborah D. Cianfrani - Not Recommended
Conor Corcoran - Not Recommended
Rania Major - Not Recommended
Jon Marshall - Not Recommended
Sierra Thomas Street - Not Recommended
Dawn M. Tancredi - Not Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Frank Bennett - Not Recommended
Shoshana Bricklin - Not Recommended
Conor Corcoran - Not Recommended

Additional names and ratings will be announced soon.

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