Montgomery Bar Association Judiciary Committee Announces Recommendations
Daniel J. Clifford
John C. Armstrong
The Judiciary Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association is charged with interviewing and rating candidates for the position of Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. The Judiciary Committee is composed of thirty-four lawyers of diverse background, ages, practices and geographic areas of Montgomery County, elected by the members of the Bar Association which numbers more than 2,100 county lawyers. The collective legal experience of the Committee members is nearly 1,000 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 the candidates’ peers view them as potential judges, and to assist voters in their evaluation of judicial candidates on election day.
The criteria considered by the Committee to rate NEW judicial candidates are:
Each candidate submits to the Committee a biographical summary of their legal experience, background, and community service. These submissions are carefully reviewed and considered, and the personal references provided by the candidates on their qualifications are checked. The full Committee then interviews each candidate in person, after which the Committee discusses and votes on the rating. The Bar Association considers this procedure to be an important public service.
The Committee is charged with the duty to rate a candidate Recommended, Highly Recommended or Not Recommended.
The recommendation awarded the candidate is not intended to rate a candidate’s ability as a practicing attorney at law.