Task Force Mission

Specifically, the CMBA’s bipartisan and diverse Task Force on Judicial Excellence was created by CMBA President Michael Ungar to address a number of questions, including:

  • Are we attracting the best qualified candidates to run for judge in Northeast Ohio?
  • If not, why not? What are the root causes of the problem?
  • Are we as an organized bar – with a vested interest in judicial excellence – taking appropriate measures to identify and encourage qualified candidates to run?
  • What, realistically, can be done to address the problem? In light of current events, including sea–changes in the political landscape in Cuyahoga County, are there potential windows of opportunity for our bar association to work with the political parties in pursuit of these

The Task Force's initial efforts will be directed at gathering information and ideas.  After collecting as many perspectives as possible, the Task Force will present recommendations for ensuring the ongoing quality and stability of this critical third branch of government.