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Judiciary Committee

The ACBA Judiciary Committee will interview candidates seeking ratings for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

In accordance with the By-Laws of Bar Association
Article XIII – Committee on Judiciary – and the “Guidelines, Rules and Procedures” of the Committee, notice is hereby given that the ACBA Judiciary Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the Allegheny County Bar Association Headquarters, 400 Koppers Building, downtown Pittsburgh, to consider candidates seeking ratings for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and the  United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  The following candidate will be interviewed by the Committee:
David J. Berardinelli, United States District Court

Melinda Sala, Court of Common Pleas

David L. Spurgeon, Court of Common Pleas

Written comments of members of the Bar are invited and shall be received and maintained as confidential by the Committee.  Candidate interviews will be conducted at this time and the Judiciary Committee will take appropriate action on the applications at the conclusion of the interviews.  Written comments should be sent to David A. Blaner, Executive Director, ACBA, 400 Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Ave. Pittsburgh, Pa 15219 or by e-mail at by Tuesday, April 22, 2014.


This Committee shall recommend and support for judicial office of the various courts those judges and members of the bar who by their character, temperament, professional aptitude, and experience have demonstrated special qualifications to hold judicial office. It shall also seek members of the bar who are qualified to hold judicial office and encourage them to accept judicial appointment or to run for election to such office. It is the only Committee authorized to consider the qualifications of persons who seek judicial office, to conduct polls, referenda, or surveys concerning candidates seeking judicial office or judges holding judicial office, and to become engaged in the collection of information or conduct studies relating to the conduct of judicial officers or the conduct of the courts, both civil and criminal, and in general, the conduct of those judicial systems subject to its jurisdiction, both state and federal.

ACBA Liaison: David A. Blaner, 412-402-6601
                        Jann Dalton, 412-402-6602

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