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Judiciary Committee

THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WILL INTERVIEW CANDIDATES INTERESTED IN RECEIVING A RATING FOR THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, PA APPELLATE COURTS AND UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PA

In accordance with 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 Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in the Allegheny County Bar Association Headquarters, 400 Koppers Building, downtown Pittsburgh, to interview candidates interested in receiving a rating for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Pa Appellate Courts and the United States District Court for the Western District of PA .

Candidates to be interviewed must submit an application which can be found below or by contacting the ACBA Executive Director. 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. 

Please see below to download a candidate questionnaire and other related materials. If you would like to request that a candidate questionnaire be e-mailed to you, contact David A. Blaner, ACBA Executive Director, 400 Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219. Mr. Blaner can be contacted by phone at (412) 402-6601 or by e-mail at dblaner@acba.org. Twenty-eight copies of the questionnaire, a writing sample and signed candidate pledge form must be submitted.

Deadline for submitting an application is 4:00 pm. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014..


Candidate questionnaire for sitting judges

Candidate questionnaire for attorneys

Candidate pledge form


Instructions for submitting a candidate questionnaire

The by-laws of the Allegheny County Bar Association require the Judiciary Committee to interview and evaluate all candidates who are running for, or who are seeking an appointment to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Candidates from Allegheny County who are seeking appointment to, or plan to run for Pa. Appellate Court positions may request to be interviewed and evaluated by the Committee. Candidates from Allegheny County who are seeking appointment to the United States Federal Court positions may request to be interviewed and evaluated by the Committee.

Judiciary Committee ratings are valid for a period of five (5) years, but a candidate may request to be re-evaluated by the Committee 24 months after receiving his/her initial rating.

Completed Candidate Questionnaires, writing samples, and signed pledge forms should be bound and delivered to David A. Blaner, Executive Director, ACBA 400 Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219

All questions regarding the application and interview process should be directed to David A. Blaner, ACBA Executive Director at 412-402-6601 or by e-mail at dblaner@acba.org.


 

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

Committee officers

Guidelines, Rules and Procedures

2012-2013 year end report