Allegheny County Bar Association Announces Final Five Judiciary Ratings For Candidates Running in May 19th Primary

Ratings for 22 other candidates were released
on April 2, 2009

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – April 23, 2009. The Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that its Judiciary Committee has released its final five ratings for the following individuals running for a judgeship in the primary election on May 19. Four of the five candidates accepted an invitation to be interviewed by the Committee. The fifth candidate, Jennifer Satler, did not respond and was rated based on information gathered by the committee. According to the bylaws of the Judiciary Committee, the Committee must rate all candidates running for the Court of Common Pleas, whether they have requested an interview and rating or not. Today’s release follows the press release dated April 2, 2009 which listed the Judiciary Committee’s ratings for 22 other candidates who have been interviewed by the Judiciary Committee, and who reside in Allegheny County or have an office in Allegheny County. These individuals are seeking a seat on the bench of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Superior Court, the PA Commonwealth Court or the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

In the 2009 Pennsylvania Primary Elections, voters will be selecting candidates for the following judicial positions: One (1) PA Supreme Court Justice; three (3) judges on the PA Superior Court; two (2) judges for the PA Commonwealth Court; and five (5) judges on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

According to Jay Blechman, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “The bar association has the obligation to the citizens of Allegheny County to provide as much information as possible to help voters make informed choices when they select candidates for judicial office. We are pleased with the number of candidates who accepted the opportunity to meet with and be interviewed by our Judiciary Committee.”

The Committee has given the following ratings to the final five candidates:

Name__________________Court________________Rating_________

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Hon. Cheryl Lynn Allen       Supreme Court of PA      Highly Recommended


Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Hon. Judith Olson               Superior Court of PA      Highly Recommended

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

Hon. Patricia A. McCullough Commonwealth Not Recommended at this Time

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Joseph V. Luvara Court of Common Pleas Unqualified
Jennifer Satler Court of Common Pleas Unqualified

The judicial ratings of the other 22 candidates as released on April 2, 2009 are as follows:

Name_______________________Court__________________Rating___

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Hon. Joan Orie Melvin Supreme Court of PA Highly Recommended
Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Kevin F. McCarthy Superior Court of PA Highly Recommended
Hon. Robert J. Colville Superior Court of PA Highly Recommended
Templeton Smith, Jr. Superior Court of PA Highly Recommended