Philadelphia Bar Leaders Release Judicial Ratings For May 15 Primary

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Philadelphia Bar Association

    PHILADELPHIA, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Carl S. Primavera, Chancellor of
 the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Nicholas J. Lisi, Chair of the
 Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, today announced the results of
 the Commission's investigation into the qualifications of 25 candidates for
 the Court of Common Pleas and 6 candidates for the Municipal Court in the
 May 15 primary election.  Seventeen individuals received "Recommended" ratings
 and 14 were "Not Recommended" by the Commission.
     The Chancellor said voters should take the list to the polls with them.
 "This is the most important information voters can have as they prepare to
 vote," Primavera said.  "With all the candidates on the ballot, this list will
 guide voters so they can select from among the `Recommended' judicial
 candidates," he added.  Voters will vote for 11 Common Pleas Court candidates
 and two Municipal Court candidates.  To help publicize the Bar's ratings, the
 Chancellor announced a print and radio advertising campaign funded by the
 Campaign for Qualified Judges.  Radio spots will remind voters to look for the
 printed list of "Recommended" candidates appearing in area newspapers between
 May 7 and May 14.  The complete list is also available on the Association's
 Web site at philadelphiabar.org.   Voters can also obtain information by
 calling the Bar Association at 215-238-6394.
     Lisi said the ratings are the result of a thorough evaluation of the
 candidates by the Commission, which includes individuals who represent diverse
 interests both inside and outside the legal community.  "Our deliberations
 reflected the Commission's genuine concern for the quality of justice and the
 future of our courts.  This Commission is independent and non-partisan.  It
 includes lawyers and non-lawyers."  Among the members of the Commission are
 the U.S. Attorney, a representative of the District Attorney of Philadelphia,
 the Chief Public Defender, the President Judges of the Common Pleas and
 Municipal Courts, and representatives from the Asian, Hispanic and African
 American legal groups.
     The ratings by the 29-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study
 and investigation by the Commission's own 90-member investigative division
 which includes 30 non-lawyer members.  Candidates found "Recommended"
 satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as
 legal ability and training, trial experience, character and integrity,
 judicial temperament, mental and physical capacity and community involvement.
 The complete criteria are available from the Bar Association.
     Each of the currently rated candidates was voted upon by the Commission
 following a report by the investigative team coordinator and a personal
 appearance by the candidate.  Before any candidate was finally found to be
 "Not Recommended," he or she was advised of the initial finding of the
 Commission with stated reasons for the finding and was given the opportunity
 to appear before the entire Commission in support of his or her
 qualifications, after which time a final vote was taken.  Lisi said that the
 Commission and its investigative division spent hundreds of hours rating the
 candidates.
     The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found
 "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
 
      Judge Denis P. Cohen
      Rosemarie DeFino
      Rami I. Djerassi
      Kevin M. Dougherty
      Joseph A. Dych
      Harold M. Kane
      Arline Jolles Lotman
      Barbara McDermott
      Judge Margaret T. McKeown
      George W. Overton
      Lisa M. Rau
      Robert J. Rebstock
      Walter A. Stewart
      Earl W. Trent
      Christopher Wogan
 
     The following candidates were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the
 Court of Common Pleas:
 
      Lori Dumas
      Leslie Fleisher
      Steven Gratman
      Richard W. Hoy
      Elizabeth Jackson
      Karen Mainor
      John A. Manes
      Silvio F. Modafferi
      Adam J. Rodgers
      Ronald J. Sharper
 
     The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found
 "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Municipal Court:
 
      Thomas M. Nocella
      Judge Wendy L. Pew
 
     The following candidates were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the
 Municipal Court:
 
      Patrick F. Dugan
      Deborah S. Griffin
      Nazario Jimenez
      Robert W. Muench
 
 
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SOURCE Philadelphia Bar Association
    PHILADELPHIA, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Carl S. Primavera, Chancellor of
 the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Nicholas J. Lisi, Chair of the
 Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, today announced the results of
 the Commission's investigation into the qualifications of 25 candidates for
 the Court of Common Pleas and 6 candidates for the Municipal Court in the
 May 15 primary election.  Seventeen individuals received "Recommended" ratings
 and 14 were "Not Recommended" by the Commission.
     The Chancellor said voters should take the list to the polls with them.
 "This is the most important information voters can have as they prepare to
 vote," Primavera said.  "With all the candidates on the ballot, this list will
 guide voters so they can select from among the `Recommended' judicial
 candidates," he added.  Voters will vote for 11 Common Pleas Court candidates
 and two Municipal Court candidates.  To help publicize the Bar's ratings, the
 Chancellor announced a print and radio advertising campaign funded by the
 Campaign for Qualified Judges.  Radio spots will remind voters to look for the
 printed list of "Recommended" candidates appearing in area newspapers between
 May 7 and May 14.  The complete list is also available on the Association's
 Web site at philadelphiabar.org.   Voters can also obtain information by
 calling the Bar Association at 215-238-6394.
     Lisi said the ratings are the result of a thorough evaluation of the
 candidates by the Commission, which includes individuals who represent diverse
 interests both inside and outside the legal community.  "Our deliberations
 reflected the Commission's genuine concern for the quality of justice and the
 future of our courts.  This Commission is independent and non-partisan.  It
 includes lawyers and non-lawyers."  Among the members of the Commission are
 the U.S. Attorney, a representative of the District Attorney of Philadelphia,
 the Chief Public Defender, the President Judges of the Common Pleas and
 Municipal Courts, and representatives from the Asian, Hispanic and African
 American legal groups.
     The ratings by the 29-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study
 and investigation by the Commission's own 90-member investigative division
 which includes 30 non-lawyer members.  Candidates found "Recommended"
 satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as
 legal ability and training, trial experience, character and integrity,
 judicial temperament, mental and physical capacity and community involvement.
 The complete criteria are available from the Bar Association.
     Each of the currently rated candidates was voted upon by the Commission
 following a report by the investigative team coordinator and a personal
 appearance by the candidate.  Before any candidate was finally found to be
 "Not Recommended," he or she was advised of the initial finding of the
 Commission with stated reasons for the finding and was given the opportunity
 to appear before the entire Commission in support of his or her
 qualifications, after which time a final vote was taken.  Lisi said that the
 Commission and its investigative division spent hundreds of hours rating the
 candidates.
     The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found
 "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
 
      Judge Denis P. Cohen
      Rosemarie DeFino
      Rami I. Djerassi
      Kevin M. Dougherty
      Joseph A. Dych
      Harold M. Kane
      Arline Jolles Lotman
      Barbara McDermott
      Judge Margaret T. McKeown
      George W. Overton
      Lisa M. Rau
      Robert J. Rebstock
      Walter A. Stewart
      Earl W. Trent
      Christopher Wogan
 
     The following candidates were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the
 Court of Common Pleas:
 
      Lori Dumas
      Leslie Fleisher
      Steven Gratman
      Richard W. Hoy
      Elizabeth Jackson
      Karen Mainor
      John A. Manes
      Silvio F. Modafferi
      Adam J. Rodgers
      Ronald J. Sharper
 
     The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found
 "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Municipal Court:
 
      Thomas M. Nocella
      Judge Wendy L. Pew
 
     The following candidates were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the
 Municipal Court:
 
      Patrick F. Dugan
      Deborah S. Griffin
      Nazario Jimenez
      Robert W. Muench
 
 
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