Allegheny County Bar Association Releases Final List of Judiciary Ratings For Candidates Running in May 19th Primary

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – April 21, 2015.  The Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that its Judiciary Committee has released its final ratings for the following individuals running for a judicial office in the primary election on May 19th 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. Following the association’s April 2 press release announcing ratings, three additional candidates for Pennsylvania Supreme Court and one for Pennsylvania Superior Court requested to be interviewed and rated.

Individuals are seeking a seat on the bench of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, or the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  According to the bylaws of the bar association, the Judiciary Committee must rate all candidates running for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, whether they have requested an interview and rating or not.  This year, all candidates for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas were interviewed by the Judiciary Committee.  Candidates running for judgeships for statewide courts are required to go before the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association to be interviewed and rated.  Candidates for statewide courts can choose to also be rated by the Allegheny County Bar Association.  For the PBA ratings, go to pavotesmart.com.

In the 2015 Pennsylvania Primary Elections, voters will be selecting candidates for the following judicial positions: Three (3) justices for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, one (1) judge for the Pennsylvania Superior Court, one (1) judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, and three (3) judges for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

According to Jim Creenan, 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.”

The Committee has given the following ratings:

Name

Court Rating
 

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

 

Hon. Cheryl L. Allen

PA Supreme Court

Highly Recommended

Hon. Christine L. Donohue

PA Supreme Court

Highly Recommended

Hon. Judith F. Olson

PA Supreme Court

Highly Recommended

Hon. David N. Wecht

PA Supreme Court

Highly Recommended

 

Hon. Dwayne D. Woodruff


PA Supreme Court

 

Recommended

 

Superior Court of Pennsylvania

 

Hon. Robert Colville

PA Superior Court

Highly Recommended

     

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

 

Paul N. Lalley

PA Commonwealth Court

Highly Recommended

Michael H. Wojcik

PA Commonwealth Court

Highly Recommended

     

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

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

 
     

Rosemary C. Crawford

Common Pleas

Highly Recommended

Jennifer Staley McCrady

Common Pleas

Highly Recommended

Hugh F. McGough

Common Pleas

Highly Recommended

Daniel D. Regan

Common Pleas

Highly Recommended

Richard J. Schubert

Common Pleas

Highly Recommended

     

William F. Caye II

Common Pleas

Recommended

Philip J. Murray III

Common Pleas

Recommended

     

Pauline M. Calabrese

Common Pleas

Not Recommended at this time

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’s Judiciary Committee is a non-partisan committee of 24 attorneys who have been elected at large by the 6,200-member bar association.

Explanation of Ratings:

Highly Recommended

The candidate:

  1. Exhibits pre-eminence in the law by way of outstanding legal ability and a wide range of experience, either in a specialized field of law or a more varied practice, and has a reputation in the legal community as standing at the top of his or her profession.
  2. Possesses the highest reputation for integrity and temperament.
  3. Exhibits outstanding citizenship by way of community and professional Contributions.
  4. Is an exceptional individual who will enhance or has enhanced the competence, dignity and public perception of the bench.

Recommended

The candidate possesses the highest reputation for integrity and the legal ability, experience and temperament to excel as a judge of the court for which he or she is a candidate.

Not recommended at This Time

The candidate’s legal ability, experience and reputation indicate that, at some future time in his or her legal career, he or she may have the potential to excel as a judge, but the candidate is not yet at that stage.

Unqualified

The candidate does not now possess and is not likely to acquire the ability, reputation, or temperament necessary for a judicial position.

Contacts:

James Creenan, Esquire
President
Allegheny County Bar Association
724-733-8832

Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-402-6620

Jennifer Pulice
Director of Communications
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-402-6623

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,200 member attorneys, judges, district justices, legal administrators and paralegals.