Allegheny County Bar Association President Urges Voters to be Informed About Candidates for Local Judicial Races

Bar Association’s Judicial Vote 09 website provides information on judicial and retention elections

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — October 21, 2009.  Kimberly A. Brown, president of the Allegheny County Bar Association, today urged voters to review available information about the upcoming judicial races in Allegheny County. The bar association recently went live with its website to help better inform voters about the November 3rd judicial races and the judicial merit retention election.

According to Brown, “Due to the importance of having qualified judges on the bench, we want to ensure that voters know that we have a website that provides information on both the local judicial races and the retention election. We know how confusing it can be when you enter the voting booth and are faced with a long list of judicial candidates from which to choose. Our goal is for voters to be informed voters on November 3rd, especially when it comes to the important local judicial races and the merit retention election. We feel that the website complements the efforts of the local media that has been publishing stories about the judicial elections.”

The bar association’s Judiciary Committee, had previously announced the following ratings for candidates for openings on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court; and openings on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas:

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Hon. Joan Orie Melvin

Highly Recommended


Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Hon. Robert J. Colville

Highly Recommended

Kevin F. McCarthy

Highly Recommended

Hon. Judith Olson

Highly Recommended

Templeton Smith, Jr.

Highly Recommended


Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

Linda S. Judson

Not Recommended at This Time

Hon. Patricia A. McCullough

Not Recommended at This Time


Barbara Behrend Ernsberger



Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Alexander P. Bicket

Highly Recommended

Philip A. Ignelzi

Highly Recommended

Hon. Joseph K. Williams, III

Highly Recommended


Hon. Susan Evashavik DiLucente


Arnold I. Klein



Michelle Zappala Peck

Not Recommended at this Time

Donald Walko

Not Recommended at this Time

The bar association also recently announced that its members had voted to recommend for retention the following judges from Allegheny County:

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Judge Kate Ford Elliott


Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Judge Dan Pellegrini


Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Judge Kim Berkeley Clark

Judge Robert J. Colville

Judge Kim D. Eaton

Judge Paul F. Lutty, Jr.

Judge Jeffrey A. Manning

Judge Kevin G. Sasinoski

Judge Gene Strassburger

“Our members understand the importance of having highly qualified and respected judges such as these fine jurists on the bench, and we encourage the residents of Allegheny County to vote ‘yes” for retention for all nine judges” said Brown.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,600 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators and paralegals.

The Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association is a non-partisan committee of 24 attorneys who have been elected by the more than 6,600 members of the bar association.


Kimberly A. Brown, Esquire
Allegheny County Bar Association


Tom Loftus
Allegheny County Bar Association