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Each year, the Bar Association of Erie County issues ratings for candidates seeking election or re-election to judicial office in Supreme Court, Erie County Court, Erie County Family Court and Buffalo City Court. The Bar Association considers the ratings of candidates one of its most important public services and it endeavors to aid voters in electing the most qualified candidates.

Judicial candidates are rated on criteria including, but not limited to, integrity, experience, professional ability, education, fairness, reputation and industry. Judicial ratings are based on a process that includes interviews with those in the legal community who have had interaction with the candidates, as well as personal candidate interviews. A rating of Qualified is considered a measure of qualification for judicial office that is greater than that required for the private practice of law. To be rated "Qualified" the applicant must meet each of the listed criteria to a reasonable degree. A rating of "Well Qualified" requires qualifications to a high degree, and a rating of "Outstanding" requires qualifications even beyond that high standard.

The skills necessary for judicial work are unique. The assessment and judicial rating of candidates considers suitability only for the office in question and should not reflect upon the lawyer or person in their pursuit of other work or endeavors. Please see our website for more information about the rating process.


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.