Lawyer referral service 2008


Allegheny County Bar Association Announces Judiciary Ratings

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – February 15, 2007. The Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee has interviewed and rated the following individuals over the past 5 years. The ratings are valid for a period of 5 years.

This list of candidates does not include the ratings of individuals who have received a rating of “Not Recommended at this Time” or “Unqualified”. After the Pa Department of State releases the list of candidates who are officially running for the various judgeships, the Bar Association will update this page to include all candidate ratings, including those who may have a “Not Recommended at this Time” or “Unqualified” rating.

The people on this list may not be running for any current judicial position but have come before the Judiciary Committee to be rated should they some day seek a seat on the bench of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas or the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts.

In the 2007 Pennsylvania Primary Elections, voters will be selecting candidates for the following judicial positions. Two (2) Pa. Supreme Court Justices, Two (2) Judges on the Pa. Superior Court and four (4) Judges on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.


SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA

NAME

RATED

Hon. Cheryl L. Allen

Highly Recommended *

Hon. Cynthia A. Baldwin

Highly Recommended

Hon. Maureen Lally-Green

Highly Recommended

Hon. Debra McCloskey Todd

Highly Recommended


* The Committee’s rating of any person shall apply only for the particular court or judicial office for which the person has appeared before the Committee as a candidate, with the following exceptions: a rating by the Committee for a candidate for the position of Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania shall apply to that person’s candidacy for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA

Name

RATED

Hon. Cynthia A. Baldwin

Highly Recommended

Hon. Ronald W. Folino

Highly Recommended

James E. Mahood

Highly Recommended

John R. McGinley

Highly Recommended

Templeton Smith, Jr.

Highly Recommended

Christine L. Donohue

Recommended

Jacqueline O. Shogun

Recommended


COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNYSLVANIA

Charles P. McCullough                 Recommended


ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

Highly Recommended

Anthony J. Basinski, Esquire
Ann Lee Begler, Esquire
Daniel E. Butler, Esquire
Laura Ann Ditka, Esquire
John Elash, Esquire
Charles E. Evans, Esquire
Eric A. Fisher, Esquire
Mark R. Hornak, Esquire
George M. Janocsko, Esquire
Michelle H. Lally, Esquire
James E. Mahood, Esquire
John R. McGinley, Jr., Esquire
John T. McVay, Jr., Esquire
Jon Pushinsky, Esquire
Timothy J. Schweers, Esquire
Roger L. Wise, Esquire


Recommended

Ronald D. Barber, Esquire
Cathleen Cawood Bubash, Esquire
Frank L. Cecchetti, Esquire
Daniel F. Cusick, Esquire
John P. Davis, III, Esquire
Diana F. DeAngelis, Esquire
David J. Defazio, Esquire
Arnold I. Klein, Esquire
John L. Kwasneski, Esquire
James H. Logan, Esquire
Cynthia M. Maleski, Esquire
Michael E. McCarthy, Esquire
Charles P. McCullough, Esquire
Patricia A. McCullough, Esquire
Hugh F. McGough, Esquire
Jacqueline R. Morrow, Esquire
Shirley Novak, Esquire
Sumner L. Parker, Esquire
William T. Simmons, Esquire
Templeton Smith, Jr., Esquire
Harlan S. Stone, Esquire
Jesse A. Torisky, Esquire
Wrenna L. Watson, Esquire
Joseph K. Williams, Esquire


Each candidate is evaluated by the Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association in the areas of temperament, experience in the field of law, academic achievement, honesty and integrity, reputation, general community interest and contributions to the profession.

The 24-member Judiciary Committee is elected at large by the 6,500-member Bar Association.


Click here for Definitions of Judicial Ratings

For the press release archives, click here