Allegheny County Bar Association Re-releases Judiciary Ratings For Allegheny County Candidates on November 8 ballot

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – October 6, 2011. The Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that in its effort to continue its voter education program, its Judiciary Committee has re-released its ratings for the following individuals running for a judgeship on November 8 and who have requested a rating, 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 either the bench of the PA Superior Court or the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

In the 2011 Pennsylvania elections, voters will be selecting candidates for the following judicial positions: one (1) judge on the PA Superior Court; one (1) judge for the PA Commonwealth Court; and two (2) judges on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. There are no Allegheny County candidates running for PA Commonwealth Court.

According to Howard Schulberg, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “The 24 members of our Judiciary Committee spent many hours interviewing and evaluating candidates in several important areas, including temperament, experience in the field of law, academic achievement, integrity, and community involvement. 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, and we wanted to ensure that the ratings of these candidates are available to the voters.”

The Committee has given the following ratings:

Name Court Rating
Superior Court of Pennsylvania  
Hon. David N. Wecht Superior Court of PA Highly Recommended

NOTE: Candidates running for judgeships for statewide courts are also required to go before the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association to be interviewed and rated. For the PBA ratings, go to

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Alexander P. Bicket Court of Common Pleas Highly Recommended
Hon. Michael Marmo Court of Common Pleas Recommended

Each candidate is evaluated 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 Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee is a non-partisan committee of 24 attorneys who have been elected at large by the 6,500-member bar association.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,500 member attorneys, judges, magistrate district justices, legal administrators, and paralegals.


Howard J. Schulberg
Allegheny County Bar Association

Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association