Saturday, March 01, 2014

Alliance update -- new Alliance grids in subcircuit races

I told you yesterday that the Alliance members were working to complete their candidate grids. The process continues. Herewith the updated grids in subcircuit judicial contests.

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The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening is comprised of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (AABA), Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA), Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL), Cook County Bar Association (CCBA), Decalogue Society of Lawyers (DSL), Hellenic Bar Association (HBA), Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois (PRBA), and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI), working collaboratively to improve the process of screening judicial candidates in Cook County, Illinois.

The abbreviations used by Alliance members are self-explanatory (some groups have a "Highly Recommended" or "Highly Qualified" rating -- but others, such as the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, have no rating higher than "Recommended"). You may note that some candidates are rated "NE" by some bar groups. "NE" stands for Not Evaluated, meaning that the candidate was not evaluated by that group, through no fault of the candidate.

I understand that some candidates have sought, and obtained, evaluations from Alliance members that initially were unable to evaluate them (the "NE" rating). In such cases, however, I will not change the Alliance grid; I will, however, report the change when the Alliance updates the grid.

There will be at least another update from the Alliance. I will have further updates to the Alliance grids as they become available.

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