Friday, February 24, 2012

CBA evaluations in the race for the countywide O'Brien, Jr. vacancy

The Chicago Bar Association has released its evaluations of candidates running for the O'Brien, Jr. vacancy. Candidates are listed in ballot order. Both of the following are candidates in the Democratic primary; no Republican filed for this (or any other) countywide Circuit Court vacancy.

Cynthia Ramirez -- Qualified
Cynthia Ramirez is “Qualified” for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Ms. Ramirez was admitted to prac¬tice law in Illinois in 1990 and has served in both the government and private sectors. Since 2000, Ms. Ramirez has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Ms. Ramirez has a fine demeanor and possesses the requisite legal knowledge and experience to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.
Gerald V. Cleary -- Highly Qualified
Gerald Vernon Patrick Cleary, III is “Highly Qualified” for the office of Circuit Court Judge. Mr. Cleary was admitted to practice law in 1989 and has extensive civil practice and trial experience. Mr. Cleary has handled a variety of complex cases and concentrates his practice in products liability, transportation and commercial litigation. Mr. Cleary possesses an even temperament and is well regarded for his legal knowledge and ability.

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