Friday, February 17, 2012

CCL evaluations in the race for the McGann vacancy in the 3rd Subcircuit

The Chicago Council of Lawyers has released its evaluations of candidates running for the McGann vacancy in the 3rd Subcircuit. Candidates are listed in ballot order. All of the following are candidates in the Democratic primary; no Republican filed for this Circuit Court vacancy.

Maureen Leahy Delehanty -- Qualified
Maureen Leahy Delehanty has been a lawyer since 1992. She has served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney throughout her career. Since April 2007 she has been the coordinator of the preliminary hearings room in the Markham courthouse. Lawyers report that Ms. Delahanty is considered to have good legal ability. A few lawyers complained about her temperament, but she is generally considered to be a knowledgeable prosecutor who does her job well. The Council finds her Qualified for the Circuit Court.
Scott Edward Lipinski -- Not Qualified
Scott Lipinski was admitted to practice in Illinois in November 2002. He currently serves as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender assigned to a misdemeanor courtroom in the Fifth Municipal District. Most attorneys report that Mr. Lipinski is capable of handling a misdemeanor call. But he does not have substantial litigation experience in more complex matters. Many lawyers also report that he on occasion will lose his temper in a professional setting. The Council finds him Not Qualified for the Circuit Court.
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