RESOLUTION RENEWING “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” RATING FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention (“Commission”) has for more than forty years carried out its mission as set forth in Association Bylaws Section 7.1.1 to “recommend and actively support for judicial office individuals who, by virtue of their integrity, judicial temperament, professional competence and experience, and commitment to the community, have demonstrated their qualifications for judicial office;” and

WHEREAS, in accordance with Association Bylaws Section 7.4.1.1, it is the responsibility of the Commission to investigate the qualifications of judicial candidates to hold such office “and make such recommendations with regard thereto as may be appropriate, including recommendations to the public when an election is involved and to the legislature if confirmation of an appointment is required;” and

WHEREAS, until 2014 and in accordance with the Commission’s Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates then in effect, the Commission rated candidates as either Recommended or Not Recommended for judicial office; and

WHEREAS, in 2014, the Commission studied the rating system and concluded that it would be beneficial to the voting public to add a rating category of Highly Recommended, to be defined in the Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates as follows: “This evaluation shall be made for those extraordinary individuals who are being considered for election or appointment to a designated court and who, in addition to meeting the criteria set forth in Section II.B.1., 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;” and

WHEREAS, in 2014, the Commission recommended that the rating category of Highly Recommended should be instituted on a trial basis, beginning immediately and concluding on December 31, 2018, unless renewed by the Board of Governors; and

WHEREAS, on June 26, 2014, the Board of Governors adopted the recommendation of the Commission to add a rating category of “Highly Recommended” for judicial office, which rating category would expire on December 31, 2018, unless renewed by the Board of Governors; and

WHEREAS, the Commission recommends that the “Highly Recommended” rating be continued.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association adopts the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention to renew the rating category of “Highly Recommended” for candidates for judicial office.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: January 19, 2019