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Kane County Bar Association Evaluates Candidates

KANE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION EVALUATES CANDIDATES FOR
ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE VACANCY-16th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

The Kane County Bar Association has completed its evaluation of thirty-two candidates for the Associate Circuit Judge vacancy in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. The findings of the Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, reported to the Chief Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, are as follows:

Name of Candidate

Finding

Christopher R. Barth

Recommended

(Mr.) Kelly Q. Bennett

Recommended

Kimberly R. Bilbrey

Recommended

Stephen D. Brown

Recommended

Reginald N. Campbell

Recommended

Marzena M. Chwistek Van De Burgt

Recommended

Marina L. Cowart

Recommended

Patrick J. Crimmins

Recommended

Joseph M. Cullen

Recommended

Bradley P. David

Recommended

Robert D. Dore

Highly Recommended

William G. Engerman

Highly Recommended

Alan L. Garrow

Recommended

Christopher G. Hollingsworth

Recommended

Kenneth E. Johnson

Recommended

Randy K. Johnson

Recommended

Adam L. Katz

Recommended

Scott A. Kent

Recommended

Lawrence W. Lobb

Recommended

Salvatore LoPiccolo, Jr

Highly Recommended

Vincent C. Mancini

Highly Recommended

Judith H. Miller

Recommended

Charles V. Muscarello

Recommended

Edward R. Peterka

Recommended

Richard T. Petesch

Highly Recommended

Greg A. Sams

Recommended

Roman J. Seckel

Recommended

   
THE JUDICIAL EVALUATION PROCESS

The Bar Association utilizes a twenty-one-member Judicial Evaluation Committee, who are a diverse group of practicing lawyers. Included among the committee members are lawyers who practice in all areas of the law, and include state, federal and administrative law practitioners.

The process used by the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Kane County Bar Association includes review of the questionnaires completed by the candidates, interviews with the candidates who participate, and inquiries of lawyers who have practiced with the candidates.  The Committee then discusses the qualifications of each candidate and a vote on each candidate is then taken by secret ballot.  The criteria for Committee evaluation include the integrity, legal knowledge, legal ability, judicial temperament, diligence, punctuality, and professional experience of the candidate. 

The Committee members maintain a pledge of confidentiality that facilitates a forum for complete and frank discussion.  A “highly recommended” finding requires a 75% vote.  A “recommended” finding requires a 60% vote.  Anything less that than receives a “not presently recommended” finding.  The evaluation conducted by the KCBA Judicial Evaluation Committee is a personal interview process.  The Illinois State Bar Association conducts a poll, which is an independent survey mailed to ISBA and KCBA members within the 16th Judicial Circuit and those results are released separately. 

About the Kane County Bar Association: The oldest bar association in the state of Illinois, the Association is established to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of law, to facilitate and promote the administration of justice, to encourage continuing legal education, to assist in the delivery of legal services to the public, and to cultivate social and professional interrelationships among its members.
   
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