Allegheny County Bar Association Releases 2012 Judicial Survey Results

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — June 27, 2012. Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today released the results of the Association’s 2012 Judicial Survey. The survey, conducted every four years, provides the opportunity for attorneys who practice in Allegheny County to evaluate the judges in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, the United States District Court for the Western District of PA, and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, as well as U.S. Magistrate judges and Workers’ Compensation judges. The survey results can be found in a PDF format on the main page of the Association’s website at

The survey asks respondents to evaluate judges in the following areas: impartiality, legal ability, diligence, and judicial temperament.

According to Howard J. Schulberg, President of the bar association, “Our bylaws require us to conduct this survey every four years, and our attorneys, who represent clients in cases before these judges, are in an excellent position to provide a first-hand evaluation.  This year’s survey shows that we continue to have outstanding, impartial judges in Allegheny County with years of legal experience.  We believe this is a public service, as it informs our citizens of the performance of judges whom they have entrusted a most sacred obligation.”

Schulberg said that a recent announcement by the judges of the Fifth Judicial District that Common Pleas judges will now voluntarily complete 12 hours of continuing legal education on an annual basis shows that the local judiciary is interested in staying abreast of issues within the legal profession.  “This survey is another way to provide feedback to our judges,” he said.

Each judge is provided a copy of the survey results.  This year, approximately 700 attorneys who try cases/represent clients in the courts responded to the survey.

“The survey does not compare the performance of judges in any way,” said Schulberg.  “Rather, our attorneys only evaluated the judges before whom they have appeared during court proceedings in the past four years.  That is what our bylaws require, and we believe it is useful feedback for our judges in Allegheny County who strive for ongoing excellence.”

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,300 member attorneys, judges, district justices, legal administrators and paralegals.


Howard J. Schulberg

Tom Loftus