Bar Group Rates Judicial Candidates
Byline: Barbara Vitello Legal Affairs Writer firstname.lastname@example.org -CLMN-
The 's judicial selection and retention committee released recommendations for the county's judicial candidates.
The recommendations cover candidates running for retention and seeking to fill vacancies on the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.
In the second subcircuit -- A, the bar group found Luis A. Berrones highly recommended but did not recommend opponent Patricia Fix. In the third subcircuit -- A, the group recommended Jeffrey S. Braiman and highly recommended Daniel B. Shanes. In the third subcircuit -- B, bar association members rated both Thomas Schippers and Nancy Waites as highly recommended. Bar association members also highly recommended John T. Phillips to retain his seat on the bench.
The LCBA bases its recommendations on surveys completed by members who evaluate candidates on legal ability, temperament, integrity, impartiality and courtroom management.
Lawyers polled by the recommended Berrones, Schippers, Shanes, Waites and Phillips. To be recommended, a candidate must receive a 65 percent "yes" response to the question of whether he or she meets the requirements of office. The lawyers polled by the ISBA did not recommend Fix. Braiman received too few responses for a valid poll.
The recommendations are based on 188 ballots returned out of 1,204 mailed, a 16 percent response rate. …