Chicago Bar Association Judicial Ratings are now available

Early voting has begun and the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) has released its findings for Cook County Judicial Races.  I am on the executive committee of the JEC and I am in a perfect position to inform you that these ratings are based on detailed investigations of all the candidates, which includes contacting numerous attorneys who have appeared before the candidate, reference and background checks, reviews of appellate court decisions, and holding a hearing in which the candidate appears to answers questions before the committee.

You can find the CBA’s ratings at https://www.chicagobar.org/chicagobar/votejudges but for convenience, I have cut and pasted the results below.

The CBA Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) invites you to view its evaluations of judicial candidates running for vacancies on the Circuit Court of Cook County in the upcoming election to be held on November 6, 2018. The Chicago Bar Association urges voters to elect only candidates found Highly Qualified or Qualified for judge. Judge Lisa Ann Marino was found Not Recommended for Retention by the JEC, punch ballot # 314 to vote “NO.”

Cook County Circuit Court and Subcircuit Vacancies:

Cook Circuit – Brewer Vacancy
111 | Kathryn Maloney Vahey | Q

Cook Circuit – Clay Vacancy
112 | Kathaleen Theresa Lanahan | Q

Cook Circuit – Dooling Vacancy
113 | Tom Sam Sianis | Q

Cook Circuit – Egan Vacancy
114 |Rosa Maria Silva | Q

Cook Circuit – Dunford Vacancy
115 | Thomas F. McGuire | Q

Cook Circuit – Flanagan Vacancy
116 | Preston Jones Jr. | HQ

Cook Circuit – Hartigan Vacancy
117 | Cecilia Anne Horan | Q

Cook Circuit – Jordan Vacancy
118 | Clare Joyce Quish | Q

Cook Circuit – McGinnis Vacancy
119 | Peter Michael Gonzalez | Q

Cook Circuit – Rooney Vacancy
120 | Jack Hagerty | HQ

Cook – 1st Subcircuit – Hambright, Jr. Vacancy
121 | Erika Orr | Q

Cook – 2nd Subcircuit – Lampkin Vacancy
121 | Tiana Ellis Blakely | Q

Cook – 2nd Subcircuit – Laws Vacancy
122 | Adrienne Elaine Davis | HQ

Cook – 2nd Subcircuit – Rhodes Vacancy
123 | Toya T. Harvey | HQ

Cook – 2nd Subcircuit – Turner, Jr. Vacancy
124 | Ieshia Gray | Q

Cook – 2nd Subcircuit – Willis Vacancy
125 | Debra A. Seaton | HQ

Cook – 2nd Subcircuit – Turner Vacancy
126 | Arthur Wesley Willis | NR

Cook – 3rd Subcircuit – Delehanty Vacancy
121 | Kevin Patrick Cunningham | Q

Cook – 4th Subcircuit – Davy  Vacancy
121 | David R. Navarro | HQ

Cook – 4th Subcircuit – Riley  Vacancy
122 | Elizabeth Ciaccia-Lezza | Q

Cook – 5th Subcircuit – Banks  Vacancy
121 | H. Yvonne Coleman | Q

Cook – 5th Subcircuit – Jones  Vacancy
122 | Marian Emily Perkins | NR

Cook – 5th Subcircuit – Washington, II  Vacancy
123 | Robert Harris | HQ

Cook – 6th Subcircuit –  Chevere Vacancy
121 | Kent Delgado HQ

Cook – 6th Subcircuit – Cooke Vacancy
122 | Andrea Michelle Webber | Q

Cook – 6th Subcircuit – Lopez Cepero Vacancy
123 | Linda Perez | Q

Cook – 8th Subcircuit – Fabri  Vacancy
121 | James “Jamie” Shapiro | HQ

Cook – 8th Subcircuit – Liu Vacancy
122 | Lindsay Huge | Q

Cook – 8th Subcircuit – Pethers  Vacancy
123 | Jeanne Marie Wrenn | Q

Cook – 10th Subcircuit – O’Neill Burke Vacancy
121 | Stephanie Saltouros | Q

Cook – 10th Subcircuit – Suriano Vacancy
122 | Colleen Reardon Daly | Q

Cook – 11th Subcircuit – Kennedy Vacancy
121 | Joanne F. Rosado | Q

Cook – 12th Subcircuit – Maki Vacancy
121 | Joel Chupack (D) | HQ
122 | David Studenroth (R) | Q

Cook – 13th Subcircuit – Crane Vacancy
121 | Ketki “Kay” Steffen (D) | Q
122 | Gary William Seyring (R) | Q

Cook – 13th Subcircuit – Lawrence Vacancy
123 | Shannon P. O’Malley (D) | NR
124 | Daniel Patrick Fitzgerald (R) | NR

Cook – 13th Subcircuit – O’Donnell Vacancy
125 | Samuel J. Betar, III (D) | HQ
126 | Christine Svenson (R) | NR

Cook – 14th Subcircuit – Garcia Vacancy
121 | Beatriz A. Frausto-Sandoval | NR

Cook – 15th Subcircuit – Scully, Jr. Vacancy
121 | Michael B. Barrett | HQ

Cook – 15th Subcircuit – Zelezinski Vacancy
122 | Scott Mckenna (D) | Q
123 | Karla Marie Fiaoni (R) | HQ

Supreme Court Retention
201 | Anne M. Burke | Q

Appellate Court Retention
203 | Margaret Stanton McBride | Q

Circuit Court Retention
205 | Kathy M. Flanagan | Q
207 | Moshe Jacobius | Q
209 | Stuart F. Lubin | Q
211 | Martin S. Agran | Q
213 | Ronald F. Bartkowicz | Q
215 | E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. | Q
217 | Catherine Marie Haberkorn | Q
219 | James M. Varga | Q
221 | Marcia Maras | Q
223 | Peter Flynn | Q
225 | Paul A. Karkula | Q
227 | Maura Slattery Boyle | Q
229 | Mary Margaret Brosnahan | Q
231 | Matthew E. Coghlan | Q
233 | Joyce Marie Murphy Gorman |Q
235 | Joan Margaret O’Brien | Q
237 | Thomas David Roti | Q
239 | Colleen F. Sheehan | Q
241 | Carl Anthony Walker | Q
243 | Daniel Patrick Brennan | Q
245 | Grace G. Dickler | Q
247 | Ellen L. Flannigan | Q
249 | Carol M. Howard | Q
251 | Jill C. Marisie | Q
253 | James Michael McGing | Q
255 | Mike McHale | Q
257 | James Patrick Murphy | Q
259 | Thomas W. Murphy | Q
261 | Ramon Ocasio, III | Q
263 | Mary Colleen Roberts | Q
265 | Diane M. Shelley | Q
269 | Celia Louise Gamrath | Q
271 | Lorna Ellen Propes | Q
273 | Tommy Brewer | Q
275 | Andrea M. Schleifer | Q
277 | Thomas R. Allen | Q
279 | Erica L. Reddick | Q
281 | Aicha Marie MacCarthy | Q
283 | Lionel Jean-Baptiste | Q
285 | Michael R. Clancy | Q
287 | Regina Ann Scannicchio | Q
289 | Diann Karen Marsalek | Q
291 | Pamela M. Leeming | Q
293 | Larry G. Axelrood | Q
295 | Carl B. Boyd | Q
297 | Daniel R. Degnan | Q
299 | John H. Ehrlich | Q
301 |Terry Gallagher | Q
303 |William G. Gamboney | Q
305 | Elizabeth Mary Hayes | Q
307 | Martin C. Kelley | Q
309 | Kimberly D. Lewis | Q
311 | Edward M. Maloney | Q
314 | Lisa Ann Marino | NR 
315 | Michael Tully Mullen | Q
319 | Karen Lynn O’Malley | Q
321 | Paul S. Pavlus | Q
323 | Cynthia Ramirez | Q
325 | Beatriz Santiago | Q

 

2018 Chicago Bar Association Judicial Elections Guide is Now Online

As a member of the Chicago Bar Associations’ Judicial Evaluation Committee for over 15 years, I am happy to announce that our ratings for the 2018 March Primaries are now available.  These evaluations are non-partisan.

From the CBA website:

March 2018 Primary Election: CBA Judicial Evaluation Committee Findings

 

Candidates for judge appearing on the ballot in Cook County have been evaluated by the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC). In the Judge Smart Guide to Judicial Elections, the JEC offers evaluations of each candidate with the rationale for the evaluation as well as an in-depth explanation of the evaluation process. The separate Pocket Guide is a two-page document that can be printed out and carried into the voting booth for easy reference when you vote. Please share this information with your coworkers, friends and family.

 

 

 

Please Note:
The Chicago Bar Association urges voters to elect only candidates found Highly Qualified or Qualified for judge.

 

Paid for by The Chicago Bar Association 2018 Judicial Evaluation Fund. A copy of the CBA Report is available from the State Board of Elections.

Chicago Bar Assoc. releases its ratings of Judicial Candidates for the upcoming election

I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee and we have just released our evaluations for the upcoming election.  These evaluations are based on lengthy investigations and hearings.  Please review our findings before voting.  And share these with your friends and family!

From their website:

The Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) invites you to view its evaluations of judicial candidates running for vacancies on the Illinois Appellate Court and the Circuit Court of Cook County and judges running for retention in the upcoming General Election to be held on November 8, 2016. Get the findings at www.chicagobar.org/votejudges or view it on your mobile phone at http://m.chicagobar.org. A quick, printable pocket guide is available.

Here are direct links if you are on your computer:

Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluations are now available for the March Primary

I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, and today the Committee has released its ratings for the 2016 Cook County Judicial Primaries.

From the CBA website:

Candidates for judge appearing on the ballot in Cook County are evaluated by the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC). In the Green Guide to Judicial Elections, the JEC offers evaluations of each candidate with the rationale for the evaluation as well as an in-depth explanation of the evaluation process. The separate Pocket Guide is a single sheet that can be printed out and carried into the voting booth for easy reference when you vote. Please share this information with your coworkers, friends and family.

 

Please Note:
The Chicago Bar Association urges voters to elect only qualified judges. Vote for candidates that have been found Highly Qualified or Qualified in the March 15, 2016 election

 

 

 

Watch a discussion about the Chicago Bar Assoc.’s Judicial Evaluation Committee

I am embedding trying to embed a video of Jeanine Cordero, John Jacoby and Risa Lanier discussing the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, including its process and an explanation of its ratings.  For some reason, it keeps showing last week’s video about Pension reform.  If it doesn’t work for you, try clicking on this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSYPr3A8ZKg&list=UUvF-veojGYbRsLgq-MJwgLQ

The three attorneys in the video are members of the Judicial Evaluation Committee.  Mr. Jacoby is the current chair of the Committee; Ms. Cordero is the past chair of the Committee (and currently a member of its Executive Committee) and Ms. Lanier is a member of its Executive Committee.

The Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Candidate Evaluations have been released

The March primaries are almost upon us, and the Chicago Bar Association has released its Judicial Evaluations.

From the CBA’s website:

March 18, 2014 Primary Election:

The Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) invites you to view its evaluation of judicial candidates seeking election to vacancies on the Illinois Appellate Court and the Circuit Court of Cook County in the upcoming Primary Election to be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Please take this information with you to your polling place and remember to vote the Judicial Ballot. Also, feel free to share our findings with your friends, relatives and colleagues.

 We urge you to vote for judicial candidates seeking election found Qualified or Highly Qualified.

View our complete findings in the Green Guide to Judicial Candidates.

View a two-page, printable Pocket Guide (take this quick guide with you to vote).

Get the Pocket Guide on your smart phone at http://m.chicagobar.org/.

As you may know, I am a member of the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, so let me tell you a little about how we come to our findings:

Each candidate is asked to complete a lengthy questionnaire about his or her background.  Subjects include information about trial experience, legal writings or courses taught, community activities, and a list of references.

After receiving the completed questionnaire, investigators from the committee then contact the references, trial adversaries and judges, and look into things like whether the person has ever been a party to a lawsuit or received criticism or sanction from an appellate court or the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

The final step is a hearing before the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, where the Candidate is given an opportunity to speak about his or her qualifications and is questioned by members of the committee.  After that there is discussion and then a secret ballot.  If the Candidate does not like the result, he or she can appeal and request another hearing.

The end result is a very thorough process.  Although I personally do not agree with each and every rating, I have to say that each rating is the result of a very long and careful process.

Judges are very important.  One day, one of them could change your life.  It is vitally important that we elect qualified jurists.  So please review the committee’s findings, and print them out or have them on your phone when you go to vote.