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May 05, 2003

Bar Releases Judicial Ratings for May 20 Primary; Unveils Web Window

Audrey C. Talley, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Leigh M. Skipper, Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, have announced the results of the Commission's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Court of Common Pleas in the May 20 primary election.  
"We wanted to get these names and ratings out as soon as possible and invite people to learn more about how and why we rate the candidates. They can do this by visiting our Web site at ," Talley said.
The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a pop-up window which appears whenever anyone visits the Association's Web site.  The window lists the candidates' ratings and contains a link to a complete "Voters Guide to the Judicial Elections." Talley said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates." She said that the Campaign for Qualified Judges will also use radio spots, print ads and targeted e-mails to educate voters as the election draws near.
The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are the Chief Public Defender, the President Judges of the Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, and representatives from the Asian, Hispanic and African American legal groups.
The ratings by the 29-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission's own 120-member investigative division which includes 30 non-lawyer members. Candidates found Recommended satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability and training, trial experience, character and integrity, judicial temperament, mental and physical capacity and community involvement. Complete details can be found HERE.
The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found recommended for election to the Court of Common Pleas: 
Glenn B. Bronson  
Robert P. Coleman
Ramy I. Djerassi   
Hon. Joseph A. Dych
Holly J. Ford  
Brenda Frazier-Clemons 
Kenneth D. Freeman
Roger F. Gordon  
Nazario Jimenez  
Ronald G. McNeil  
Hon. Jeffrey P. Minehart 
Hon. Bradley K. Moss  
Thomas M. Nocella  
Paula Patrick   
Doris A. Pechkurow  
John F. Raimondi
Ira B. Shrager
Nina Wright-Padilla
Karen F. Zeitz   

The following candidate was found not recommended for election to the Court of Common Pleas:
Vivienne A. Crawford
Hon. Lori A. Dumas
Hon. Leslie G. Fleisher
Joel S. Johnson
Jon Marshall
Cateria R. McCabe
Hon. Jimmie Moore
Sonte A. Reavis
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