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October 08, 2015

Philadelphia Bar Association Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results

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Albert S. Dandridge III, Esq.
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A. Harold Datz, Esq.
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Albert S. Dandridge III, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, today announced the results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 3 general election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

In addition, the Commission released the results of a poll of all Philadelphia lawyers conducted for the Bar Association earlier this year by Votenet. The poll invited respondents to rate specific aspects of the judicial performance of each of the current judges seeking retention for additional terms. Under the bylaws of the Association, the poll is not binding upon the Commission's deliberations, although it must be published with the Commission's findings.

"Voters are encouraged to learn more about the entire ratings list by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org," Dandridge said. He added that the Association wants voters to know why the judicial elections are so important and why the Association and Commission invest so much time and energy in thoroughly reviewing and rating these candidates. "This is the one place for voters to find a thorough and comprehensive, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."

"The Commission completed more than 80 evaluations of judges seeking retention and candidates for the 15 open seats on the Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair A. Harold Datz. "That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission. We appreciate all of the hard work of the Commission and its Investigative Division."

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 District Attorney, 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, one-third of whom are non-lawyer members. Candidates for retention to the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court are eligible to be rated either "Recommended" or "Not Recommended." 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 following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Gwendolyn N. Bright Recommended
  • Glenn B. Bronson Recommended
  • Ann M. Butchart Recommended
  • Matthew D. Carrafiello Recommended
  • Amanda Cooperman Recommended
  • Charles J. Cunningham Recommended
  • Idee C. Fox Recommended
  • Marlene F. Lachman Recommended
  • Patricia McInerney Recommended
  • Walter J. Olszewski Recommended
  • Lillian Harris Ransom Recommended
  • Susan I. Schulman Recommended
  • Lisette Shirdan-Harris Recommended
  • Leon W. Tucker Recommended
  • John Milton Younge Recommended

The following judge was found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

  • Frank Palumbo Not Recommended

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for retention to Municipal Court:

  • Frank T. Brady Recommended
  • Pat Dugan Recommended
  • Barbara S. Gilbert Recommended
  • Charles Hayden Recommended
  • Gerard A. Kosinski Recommended
  • Marsha H. Neifield Recommended
  • Craig M. Washington Recommended

The following judge was found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to Municipal Court:

  • Dawn A. Segal Not Recommended

This year, for the first time, the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention introduced a "Highly Recommended" rating of candidates for open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court. Candidates found "Highly Recommended" are extraordinary individuals who, in addition to meeting the "Recommended" criteria, are preeminent in the profession, exceptionally skilled in the law, possess a reputation for the utmost integrity and significantly will enhance or have enhanced the quality of the judiciary.

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

  • Kevin M. Dougherty Recommended
  • Paul P. Panepinto Recommended

The following judicial candidate was found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania:

  • Alice B. Dubow Recommended

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

  • Abbe Fletman Highly Recommended
  • Chris Mallios Highly Recommended
  • Kai Scott Highly Recommended

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

  • Michael Fanning Recommended
  • Daine Grey, Jr. Recommended
  • Rainy Papademetriou Recommended
  • Mia Roberts Perez Recommended
  • Ken Powell Recommended
  • Stephanie M. Sawyer Recommended

The following judicial candidate was found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

  • Joffie C. Pittman Recommended

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

  • Scott DiClaudio Not Recommended
  • Vincent Furlong Not Recommended
  • Tracy B. Roman Not Recommended
  • Lyris Younge Not Recommended

The following candidates were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

  • Christine Hope Not Recommended
  • Sharon Williams Losier Not Recommended
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