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Montgomery Bar Announces Updated Court of Common Pleas Judicial Candidate Ratings

The Judiciary Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association today announced an update to its initial recommendations for the position of judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, issued February 2, 2009.  As a public service, the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association is charged with rating each judicial candidate as recommended, highly recommended or not recommended.  The Committee announced it has had the opportunity to review and consider one additional judicial candidate, Ms. Barbara May, Esquire and has returned a rating of not recommended. 

The recommendation awarded to each candidate does not speak to their ability as a practicing attorney; rather, the ratings are based on specific criteria.  The rating criteria which are considered are the candidate’s integrity, moral character, industry, health, legal ability, bench trial, jury trial or evidentiary hearing experience and 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 Judiciary Committee composed of 34 lawyers from diverse backgrounds, ages, practices and geographic areas of Montgomery County have combined legal practice experience exceeding 1000 years.  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.  All recommendations can be viewed at this time on the Montgomery Bar Association’s website by clicking here.

For additional information and comments, please contact Judiciary Committee Co-Chairs, Robert F. Morris, Esq. and William H. Pugh, V, Esq.

Robert F. Morris, Esq.
Phone: 610-825-0500
E-mail: rmorris@morrisclemm.com

William H. Pugh, V, Esq.
Phone: 610-275-2000
E-mail: wpugh5@kanepugh.com