Friday, March 11, 2016

Organizing the Data: Countywide Ruscitti Grussel vacancy

Updated 3/14/16
Candidates are listed in the order that they appear on the ballot in the Democratic primary; no Republican filed for this vacancy.

This contest was profiled in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. (If you follow the link, you'll see profiles of four candidates, not three: The Law Bulletin profile ran the day that John E. Marszalek withdrew from this race.)

John E. Marszalek - #225

This candidate withdrew from the race after ballots were printed, but votes for this candidate will not be counted. For what it's worth, Marszalek was rated "Qualified" by both the CBA and CCL.


William S. Wojcik - #226

No Campaign Website Known (but the candidate has a campaign Facebook Page)

Tribune Questionnaire

Video Interview: Sonny Hersh Election Special

Bar Association Evaluations

The Chicago Bar Association says:
William S. Wojcik is “Qualified” for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Mr. Wojcik was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1980 and has been a sole practitioner for 35 years concentrating in personal injury, medical negligence, and workers’ compensation matters. Mr. Wojcik has extensive civil trial experience and possesses the legal knowledge, ability, and demeanor to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers says:
William S. Wojcik was admitted to practice in 1980. He is a sole practitioner focusing on personal injury, medical negligence, and workers’ compensation litigation. He is considered to have good legal ability. He has substantial litigation-related experience in a variety of areas. He is praised for his knowledge of the law and for his temperament. The Council finds him Qualified for the Circuit Court.
The Illinois State Bar Association says:
William S. Wojcik was admitted to practice in 1990. He is a sole practitioner concentrating on personal injury and medical negligence litigation. He has handled a number of jury trials and some appeals. He is considered to be smart, knowledgeable and diligent. Mr. Wojcik is found to be Qualified for election to the Circuit Court.
Other Bar Association Evaluations:
Asian American Bar Association of the
Greater Chicago Area
Recommended
Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater ChicagoRecommended
Cook County Bar AssociationEvaluation Unavailable
Decalogue Society of LawyersRecommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationRecommended
Hispanic Lawyers Association of IllinoisQaulified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoRecommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended

Endorsement
Jewish Chicago

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Daniel Patrick Duffy - #227

Campaign Website

Tribune Questionnaire

Bar Association Evaluations

The Chicago Bar Association says:
Judge Daniel P. Duffy is “Qualified” for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Judge Duffy was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1995 and was appointed to the Circuit Court in 2014. He sits in the Municipal Division hearing high volume collection and tort cases. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Duffy had a distinguished career as a civil litigator. He also was a hearing officer for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and a member of the ARDC Review Board. Apart from his legal and judicial career, he was involved as a personal guarantor in a failed business loan which was extensively litigated and the subject of negative publicity. He stated the litigation spun out of control and he has learned a lot from that difficult experience.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers says:
Hon. Daniel Patrick Duffy was appointed to the Circuit Court by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2014 and currently sits in the First Municipal District. He was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1995 and in Wisconsin in 1994. Before becoming a judge, he was an attorney with several private firms doing a variety of matters including criminal defense, commercial litigation, and insurance litigation. Judge Duffy presents several issues. Prior to becoming a judge, many attorneys were critical of Judge Duffy, noting incivility in their dealings with him. While some attorneys praised his litigation skills, the Council on balance found him Not Qualified in an earlier evaluation. Since becoming a judge, many lawyers have praised his knowledge and court management skills. But the Council is also concerned that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently found that Judge Duffy as a personal litigant had brought an appeal that the Court believed was frivolous, and levied sanctions. On balance, the Council finds Judge Duffy Not Qualified for the Circuit Court.
The Illinois State Bar Association says:
Daniel Patrick. Duffy has been licensed in Illinois since 1995. He was appointed to the Circuit Court in 2014 after a career in private practice with a background in civil litigation, insurance defense, and defense of claims against municipalities, with some appellate experience. Attorney who have appeared before Judge Duffy consider him to be very bright and hardworking. They report that he is respectful and impartial, and his courtrooms run efficiently and fairly. Judge Duffy has been involved with both state and federal litigation over a failed business venture that resulted in the U.S. Court of Appeals issuing sanctions for what the Court termed was a frivolous appeal. The matter is apparently in the process of being settled. Judge Duffy is found to be Qualified for election to the Circuit Court.
Other Bar Association Evaluations:
Asian American Bar Association of the
Greater Chicago Area
Recommended
Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater ChicagoRecommended
Cook County Bar AssociationEvaluation Unavailable
Decalogue Society of LawyersRecommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationRecommended
Hispanic Lawyers Association of IllinoisEvaluation Unavailable
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoRecommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisNot Recommended

Endorsements
Chicago Tribune
Cook County Democratic Party
Chicago Federation of Labor
Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge No. 7
Illinois Civil Justice League (Highly Recommended)
United Hellenic Voters of America
Indo-American Democratic Organization

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Monica M. Torres-Linares - #228


No Campaign Website Known (but the candidate has a campaign Facebook page)

Bar Association Evaluations

The Chicago Bar Association says:
Monica Torres-Linares declined to participate in the Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) screening process and, therefore, according to The Chicago Bar Association’s governing resolution for the JEC, is automatically found NOT RECOMMENDED.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers says:
Monica M. Torres-Linnares failed to submit materials for evaluation. The Council finds her Not Recommended for the Circuit Court.
The Illinois State Bar Association says:
Monica M. Torres-Linares declined to participate in the judicial evaluation process. Ms. Torres-Linares is found to be Not Recommended for election to the Circuit Court, pursuant to ISBA guidelines.
Other Bar Association Evaluations:
Asian American Bar Association of the
Greater Chicago Area
Not Recommended
Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater ChicagoNot Recommended
Cook County Bar AssociationNot Recommended
Decalogue Society of LawyersNot Recommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationNot Recommended
Hispanic Lawyers Association of IllinoisNot Qualified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoNot Recommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisNot Recommended
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisNot Recommended

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