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Judiciary Committee Announces Court of Common Pleas Judge Recommendations

The Judiciary Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association is charged with interviewing and rating candidates for the position of judge of the Court of Common Pleas.  The Judiciary Committee is composed of 34 lawyers of diverse backgrounds, ages, practices and geographic areas of Montgomery County with a combined legal practice exceeding 1000 years.  Each candidate is evaluated individually and not as compared to other candidates.  The purpose of the ratings is to educate the public as to how each candidate’s peers view them as possibly becoming judges, and to assist the electorate in their evaluation of judicial candidates on election day. 

The Committee is charged to rate a candidate recommended, highly recommended or not recommended.  The recommendation awarded to the candidate does not speak to the candidate’s ability as a practicing attorney at law.

The rating criteria which are considered are the candidate’s:

  • Integrity
  • Good moral character
  • Industry
  • Good health
  • Legal ability
  • Bench trial, jury trial or evidentiary hearing experience
  • Judicial temperament (patience, courtesy, compassion, impartiality, humility, even temper, sense of fairness)

Each candidate submits to the Committee a biographical summary of their legal experience and background.  These submissions are carefully reviewed and considered.  The Committee also conducts reviews and discussions with persons each candidate advises are familiar with their qualifications.

The Bar considers this procedure a public service. The followings list is not a ranking.
All candidates are listed randomly within each category.

Montgomery Bar Association
2009 Judiciary Committee Recommendations
Highly Recommended
Gary Steven Silow
Richard P. Haaz
Carolyn Tornetta Carluccio
Michael C. Shields
Garrett David Page
Jeffrey M. Lindy
Kelly C. Wall
Patricia E. Coonahan
Joel B. Bernbaum
Nathan Murawsky
Wendy Demchick-Alloy
Cheryl Lynne Austin
Joanna M. Cruz
Ann Thornburg Weiss
Lois Murphy
Not Recommended
Harvey Friedland
Barbara May
Phillip Berg
Sharon Meisler (inadequate information)

Any questions or comments regarding the judiciary recommendations should be directed to Robert F. Morris, Esq. or William H. Pugh, V, Esq.