Taking A Hard Look At Who Runs For Judge: A Discussion About Judicial Qualifications Committees

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Task Force on Judicial Excellence will hold its first public forum on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at the Case Western Reserve University Law School, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Moot Court Room. (click here to view the transcript from this event) (click here to view the video -- total length of 01:54:40) 

This forum, the first in a series to be hosted by the Task Force on Judicial Excellence, will address the issue of judicial qualifications.  In response to the landmark event of the announced cooperation between the bar association and the political parties, the Task Force will consider the creation and use of a judicial qualifications committee for screening of potential candidates for judicial office, the results of which would be published to the public.

Specifically, this forum will address the following issues:

  1. Composition of a qualifications committee;
  2. Rules of governance of a qualifications committee; and
  3. Criteria to be applied as to whether a candidate is qualified to run for the bench

The forum will be open to the public for comment. In addition, speakers will include a representative from the New York Modern Courts organization (New York is one of the few states that has used voluntary qualifications committees in judicial elections) and representatives from local media who have had long-time experience interviewing and screening judicial candidates. Specifically, the panel will consist of:

  • Dennis Hawkins, New York Modern Courts 
  • Joe Frolik, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
  • Jay Miller, Crain’s Cleveland

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Below are just a few photos from the event.

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