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CANDIDATES FOR BENCH EVALUATED BY DETROIT BAR

 CANDIDATES FOR BENCH EVALUATED BY DETROIT BAR
 DETROIT, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- As an aid to Wayne County voters,


the Detroit Bar Association has ratings from "outstanding" to "not qualified" for 56 candidates in 13 contested elections for judicial seats in the Nov. 3 election including contests for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court.
 The candidates were rated in June by the association's Public Advisory Committee for the August primary and the committee rated the Supreme Court candidates following the two recent political party conventions.
 The committee, consisting entirely of attorneys who practice in Detroit and Wayne County courts, rated 78 of 85 candidates who originally were seeking election or re-election in Wayne County district, probate, Detroit Recorder's, Wayne Circuit, U.S. Appeals courts and two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court.
 Each candidate received one of four possible ratings: outstanding, well qualified, qualified or not qualified.
 "A rating refers only to a candidate's qualifications for the position of judge in the court that the candidate is seeking in the election," stressed Barbara J. Rom, co-chairperson of the public advisory committee, and a partner in the law firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz.
 "The ratings reflect the collective judgment of the attorneys who participated in the rating process and do not refer in any way to a candidate's ability as a practicing attorney," Rom added.
 "In case of a sitting judge seeking election to a higher court, the rating is the committee's opinion of that candidate's ability for the position he or she is seeking," said Rom.
 Ratings of the committee are:
 For the 17th District Court in Redford (one vacancy): Karen Kahlil, qualified; Richard A. Mastaw, qualified.
 For the 19th District Court in Dearborn (one vacancy): Joseph Burtell, outstanding; William C. Hultgren, well qualified.
 For the 24th District Court in Allen Park (one vacancy): Levon G. King, well qualified; Gerard Trudel, well qualified.
 For the 34th District Court in Romulus (one vacancy): Josephine A. Chapman, not qualified; Henry Zaborowski, well qualified.
 For the 36th District Court in Detroit (10 vacancies): Alex J. Allen Jr., well qualified; Willienard Banks, qualified; Gerald Brock, well qualified; Theresa Doss, well qualified; Rufus Griffin, qualified; Paula G. Humphries, qualified; Leonia Lloyd, no rating; Marion Moore, qualified; Elbert E. Nance Jr., well qualified; Salina Nelson, not qualified; John R. Perry, outstanding; Thomas A. Van Tiem Sr., well qualified; Mary Waterstone, well qualified.
 For Wayne County Probate Court (one vacancy): Nancy J. Diehl, well qualified; Cathie B. Maher, qualified.
 For Detroit Recorder's Court (nine vacancies): A. George Best II, well qualified; Terrance K. Boyle, outstanding; Dominick R. Carnovale, well qualified; Gershwin Drain, outstanding; Maggie W. Drake, qualified; Robert L. Evans, outstanding; Geraldine Bledsoe Ford, qualified; David P. Kerwin, outstanding; Bruce U. Morrow, well qualified; Isidore B. Torres, well qualified; Leonard Townsend, well qualified.
 For Detroit Recorder's Court (one vacancy): Benjamin F. Blake, well qualified; Margie R. Braxton, qualified.
 For Detroit Recorder's Court (one vacancy): Richard L. Cunningham, well qualified; Karen Fort Hood, qualified.
 For Third Judicial Circuit Court (three vacancies): Joseph V. Brennan, qualified; John William Callahan, qualified; Diane Marie Hathaway, not qualified; Denise Page Hood, outstanding; Jeanne Stempien, well qualified; Robert L. Ziolkowski, outstanding.
 First District Court of Appeals (one vacancy): Cynthia Diane Stephens, well qualified; Helene Nita White, outstanding.
 Michigan Supreme Court (one vacancy): Jerry J. Kaufman, not qualified; Conrad L. Mallet Jr., well qualified; Michael J. Talbot, not qualified.
 Michigan Supreme Court (one vacancy): Marilyn J. Kelly, well qualified; Dorothy Comstock Riley, qualified; Robert W. Roddis, not qualified.
 Appointed by Detroit Bar President Karen S. Kienbaum who is a senior attorney at Ford Motor Company, the public advisory committee consists of more than 100 attorneys, Detroit Bar members as well as nonmembers, who represent all segments of the legal community in Wayne County.
 Included are members of the Dearborn and Downriver bar associations, the Women Lawyers Association and the Wolverine Bar Association which is the state's African-American lawyers association.
 The Detroit Bar Association has been rating candidates for Wayne County voters for some 30 years.
 All interviews and proceedings of the committee are confidential.
 Also co-chairperson of this year's Public Advisory Committee is Harold D. Pope III, a partner in the Detroit firm of Lewis, White and Clay.
 Formed in 1836, the Detroit Bar Association is Michigan's oldest and largest association of attorneys providing research, education and professional services to lawyers, and public service to the community.
 These ratings will be available in a voter's guide by calling or writing the Detroit Bar Association, 2380 Penobscot Building, Detroit, MI 48226, telephone 313-961-6120.
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 /CONTACT: Roger S. Lennert of Detroit Bar Association, 313-961-6120/ CO: Detroit Bar Association ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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