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Bar Association of Erie County Issues Ratings for Judicial Candidates

August 5, 2019 – Buffalo, NY - The Bar Association of Erie County has completed and issued its 2019 ratings for judicial candidates for New York State Supreme Court and Buffalo City Court.
The ratings are as follows:
Candidates for New York State Supreme Court
Hon. Kara Buscaglia – Qualified
Hon. Diane Y. Devlin – Well Qualified
Hon. Gerald J. Greenan III – Not Recommended
Hon. Deborah A. Haendiges – Well Qualified
Hon. Gerald J. Whalen – Outstanding
Candidate for Buffalo City Court
Lenora Foote Beavers – Well Qualified

The Association uses a four-level rating system of Outstanding, Well Qualified, Qualified, and Not Recommended. Ratings are done annually prior to fall elections to assist the public in making informed decisions as they vote for judicial candidates.

Judicial candidates are evaluated on criteria necessary for the judicial office sought, including integrity, experience, professional ability, education, reputation, industry, temperament, fairness, statutory standards, attitude, punctuality, and knowledge of the law. Judicial candidates are asked to complete a written questionnaire and are also interviewed as part of the comprehensive rating process. Interviews with lawyers and judges who have had interaction with the candidates are also considered in determining the rating for judicial office. Please visit eriebar.org for further information.

The Bar Association of Erie County has been rating candidates for judicial office since 1993. With more than 3,400 members, the not-for-profit professional association was founded in 1887 to advance the administration of justice through programs and services for the legal profession and the public.