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Current Judicial Evaluation Ratings

The following are the LMBA judicial evaluations for the 2008-2009 year. The LMBA judicial evaluations shall be valid for a period of three years.

Name Rating Expires Rating
Susan Amini 11/2010 Qualified
George Appel 11/2010 Well Qualified
Michael Bond 03/2011 Qualified
Tim Bradshaw 08/2010 Well Qualified
Regina Cahan 11/2010 Well Qualified
Nic Corning 10/2010 Well Qualified
Ann Danieli 08/2011 Exceptionally Well Qualified
Mary Fairhurst 04/2011 Exceptionally Well Qualified
Julia Garratt 07/2010 Well Qualified
Randall Gaylord 07/2010 Extremely Well Qualified
Rebeccah Graham 07/2010 Extremely Well Qualified
Hollis Hill 07/2010 Well Qualified
Robin Hunt 04/2011 Exceptionally Well Qualified
Jim Johanson 04/2011 Qualified
Charles Johnson 03/2011 Exceptionally Well Qualified
Rob Lawrence-Berrey 11/2010 Qualified
John Linde 11/2010 Well Qualified
Eric Lucas 06/2011 Exceptionally Well Qualified
Barbara Mack 10/2010 Well Qualified
Sue Parisien 10/2010 Well Qualified
Les Ponomarchuk 06/2011 Well Qualified
Jean Rietschel 08/2010 Well Qualified
Mariane Spearman 03/2011 Exceptionally Well Qualified
Debra Stephens 06/2010 Well Qualified


LMBA Ratings Criteria

    1. All ratings shall be based solely upon the merits of a candidate which, if available, may include a candidate’s questionnaire, resume, reference checks, committee member evaluations, and demonstrated sensitivity to the concerns of the Black/minority committee.
    2. The Committee shall rate applicants as follows:
      1. Exceptionally Well Qualified
      2. Well Qualified
      3. Qualified
      4. Adequate
      5. Not Qualified
      6. Insufficient Information to Rate
      7. Not Rated
    3. Definitions or rating categories:
      1. A candidate may be rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” if he/she has consistently demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in his/her professional and/or judicial career, singular accomplishments in professional practice and excellence in all of the criteria which support a “Well Qualified” rating;
      2. A candidate may be rated “Well Qualified” if he/she has demonstrated a level of skill, experience, sound judgment and excellence in his/her professional and/or judicial career which will sustain or improve the quality of the judiciary. These qualifications are exemplified by the following:
        1. Demonstrated sensitivity to civil rights issues and issues affecting Black and other minority communities;
        2. Experience in trial and appellate court cases and/or administrative procedures;
        3. The potential for continued professional development and leadership on the bench;
        4. Maturity, integrity and courtesy;
        5. The courage and ability to make difficult decisions under stress;
        6. Intellectual honesty and courage;
        7. Distinction in academic or professional achievements;
        8. Involvement in community affairs and activities;
        9. Fairness, open-mindedness and commitment to equal justice under the law; and
        10. Energy and capacity for hard work.
      3. A candidate may be rated “Qualified” if he/she has demonstrated a majority of the ten (10) characteristics of a “Well Qualified” candidate. No candidate shall be considered “Qualified” if he/she fails to meet the criterion of Subparagraph VIII(C)(2)(a) above.
      4. A candidate shall be rated “Adequate” if he/she satisfied the basic criteria to a degree sufficient to consider him/her minimally qualified for the judicial position sought.
      5. A candidate shall receive a rating of “Not Qualified” if he/she has not demonstrated qualifications sufficient to receive a rating of Adequate.
      6. A candidate shall be placed in a category of “Insufficient Information To Rate” only if the Committee determines that there is insufficient information.
      7. A candidate shall be placed in a category of “Not Rated” if the candidate declines to appear or to submit information necessary for the Committee’s deliberation.
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