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MBA Judiciary Committee Announces Judicial Recommendations for 2013 Election

Norristown, PA - 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 1,000 years.

Each candidate is evaluated individually and not as compared to other candidates.  The purpose of the ratings is to assist the electorate in their evaluation of judicial retention candidates on Election Day, November 5, 2013. 

The rating criteria which are considered are the candidates’:

  1. Integrity.
  2. Good moral character.
  3. Industry.
  4. Good health.
  5. Legal ability.
  6. Bench trial, jury trial or evidentiary hearing experience.
  7. Judicial temperament (patience, courtesy, compassion, impartiality, humility, even temper, sense of fairness).

The Bar considers this procedure a public service.  Because retention elections require only a "Yes" or "No" vote of the public, the committee rates retention candidates either as "Recommended for Retention" or "Not Recommended for Retention."

      2013 Judiciary Committee Judicial Retention Recommendations


                                  The Honorable William R. Carpenter

                              The Honorable William J. Furber

                              The Honorable Steven T. O'Neill

                             The Honorable Thomas P. Rogers

About the Montgomery Bar Association

Established in 1885 to professionalize the county’s practice of law, the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) is one of our nation’s oldest and most respected bar associations, representing over 2,100 legal professionals in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Now, as then, the MBA exists to uphold legal and ethical standards in our legal community.  As the third largest Bar in Pennsylvania, the MBA has a longstanding tradition of service to its membership and the community.   For members, the MBA offers an important arena for networking, professional development and education.  For the community, the MBA serves as a legal resource offering education, legal assistance and funds and resources for individuals and agencies in need.  The Association is actively engaged in public service through community outreach, free educational events offered throughout the year, programs like the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, the Mock Trial Competitions for high-school students, and more.  For more information on the Montgomery Bar Association, visit www.montgomerybar.org.