Saturday, September 18, 2010

More on Alliance retention ratings

The 11 members of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening have recommended a "yes" vote for the vast majority of the more than 60 Cook County Circuit Court judges seeking retention this November. Literally dozens of judges received favorable retention recommendations from every single Alliance member. (The Alliance "grids" can be found in this post.)

But not all of the Alliance bar associations recommend "yes" votes on all the judges. The Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL) has recommended a "no" vote on seven judges; the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) recommends a "no" vote on eight judges; and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) recommends a "no" vote on six judges. Judge Dorthy F. Jones, received negative recommendations from the CCL, LAGBAC, the ISBA and all of the other Alliance members. (Jones also received negative ratings from the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and the new Judicial Performance Commission of Cook County (JPC).)

Judge Susan J. McDunn received "yes" recommendations from the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA), the Cook County Bar Association (CCBA), the Hellenic Bar Association (HBA), and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI). However, the Asian American Bar Association (AABA), the CCL, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers (DSL), the Hispanic Lawyers of Illinois (HLAI), the ISBA, the LAGBAC, and the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois (PRBA) all recommended "no" votes. (Judge McDunn was also "not recommended" by the JPC and the CBA.)

Judge William D. O'Neal was "not recommended" by the CBA because he did not participate in that organization's evaluation process. However, Judge O'Neal received "yes" recommendations from the AABA, BWLA, CCBA, DSL, HBA, HLAI, PRBA, and WBAI. Judge O'Neal did receive "no" recommendations from the CCL and the ISBA, but was recommended for retention by the JPC.

Judge Jim Ryan received positive ratings from the AABA, BWLA, CCL, CCBA, DSL, HLAI, PRBA, and WBAI. The JPC recommended Judge Ryan's retention, but the CBA did not. Three Alliance members made "no" recommendations, however, namely, the HBA, ISBA and LAGBAC.

Judge Jeffrey Lawrence received a negative recommendation from the JPC and a positive one from the CBA. Eight of the 11 Alliance Bar Associations rated Judge Lawrence favorably (the AABA, BWLA, CCBA, DSL, HLAI, LAGBAC, PRBA, and WBAI), although the CCL, HBA and ISBA made negative recommendations.

Judge Patrick T. Murphy was rated favorably for retention by the AABA, BWLA, CCBA, LAGBAC, and PRBA. However, the CCL, DSL, HBA, HLAI, ISBA and WBAI all made negative recommendations. The CBA and JPC both recommended Judge Murphy's retention. The CBA's evaluation stated:
Judge Patrick T. Murphy is “Qualified” for retention as a Circuit Court Judge. Judge Murphy was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1965. Judge Murphy practiced law for 40 years prior to his election to the Circuit Court, including over 25 years as the Cook County Public Guardian. Judge Murphy is well-known for his diligence, punctuality, and hard work. Those who appear before him find him to be earnest with a good grasp of the law. Judge Murphy’s integrity is unquestioned and he has demonstrated the requisite qualities necessary to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.
The JPC summarized its findings with regard to Judge Murphy as follows:
The Commission notes that Judge Murphy is conscientious, knowledgeable and committed to the best interests of children involved in the divorce proceedings. He has made extensive contributions to the community during his legal career. However, while the Commission believes Judge Murphy should be retained, we have received reports that Judge Murphy can be, at times, intemperate and inconsistent in his rulings.
No other Cook County Circuit Judge seeking retention received more than two negative ratings from the 11 member bar associations.

CBA says four "not recommended" for retention

Judicial Performance Commission of Cook County says three judges "not recommended" for retention

Alliance releases retention ratings

See also:Cook County Retention Judges Website

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