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

 

 

 

Election Day: Chicago Bar Association Judicial Ratings link

Here is the link to www.chicagobar.org/jec to get your copy of the “Green Guide to Judicial Elections” and the handy “Pocket Guide” to learn about each candidate running for judge in the November 4 General Election. Be sure to download the pocket guide to take with you into the voting booth. Or, access the downloadable version to your smart phone for easy access.

The Chicago Bar Association’s ratings for the upcoming judicial elections have been released

I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.  The chair of the Committee sent the following email, which I am reposting with his permission:

“The Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation results for the November election have been released.  The results are available by clicking on the link: http://www.chicagobar.org/AM/Template.cfm

You can then click on the Green Guide that gives the rating and the writeup on each judicial candidate (retention and nonretention) on the November ballot.

You can also click on the Pocket Guide that gives the rating of each judicial candidate on the November ballot.

You can bring your smart phone into the voting booth with you.  Or you can print out the pocket guide and bring it with you when you vote.

Of the 73 retention candidates, 72 were found qualified, one was found not recommended (Judge Thomas E. Flanagan)–Vote Ballot position # 203 to Vote “NO” for Judge Flanagan.

In the 12th Subcircuit race, Vote “Yes” for James L. Kaplan.  Vote Ballot position # 80 to Vote for candidate James L. Kaplan (rather than his not recommended opponent).  [This is the only contested nonretention election in which there is a qualified candidate running against a not recommended candidate.]

Election Day is November 4, 2014.  Early voting starts October 20, 2014 and ends November 2, 2014.”

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.