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Kane County Bar Association Evaluates Candidates

Dec. 12, 2018


The Kane County Bar Association has completed its evaluation of twenty-four 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

Kimberly R. Bilbrey                                      Recommended

Reginald N. Campbell                                 Recommended

Marzena M. Chwistek Van De Burgt           Recommended

Marina L. Cowart                                         Recommended

Patrick J. Crimmins                                     Highly Recommended

Joseph M. Cullen                                        Recommended

Bradley P. David                                         Recommended 

William G. Engerman                                  Highly Recommended

Christopher G. Hollingsworth                      Recommended

Kenneth E. Johnson                                    Recommended

Randy K. Johnson                                       Highly Recommended 

Scott A. Kent                                               Recommended

Lawrence W. Lobb                                      Highly Recommended 

Vincent C. Mancini                                      Highly Recommended

Edward R. Peterka                                      Recommended

Richard T. Petesch                                      Highly Recommended

Viviana Ramirez                                          Recommended

Roman J. Seckel                                         Recommended

Deborah L. Simpson                                   Recommended

Christopher G. Sparks                                Not Presently Recommended

James A. Tabor                                           Highly Recommended

Julio C. Valdez                                            Highly Recommended

Nils von Keudell                                          Recommended

Julia A. Yetter                                             Highly Recommended


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 16" 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.