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The Los Angeles County Bar Association
Announces 2000 Judicial Evaluations



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact:  

Michael T. Elliott
213-896-6450
telliott@lacba.org 
Barbara Seidel
213-896-6427 

LOS ANGELES - February 10, 2000 -- The Los Angeles County Bar Association today announced its 2000 Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee report. 

The report contains the evaluation of the 27 candidates running in the nine contested Los Angeles County judicial races. The candidates are rated either "well qualified," "qualified," or "not qualified." 

Candidates in each race are listed in alphabetical order. 

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 31
Douglas Carnahan Well Qualified
Katherine Mader Well Qualified
Jeffrey Marckese Well qualified
ALHAMBRA MUNICIPAL COURT
Llewellyn Chin Qualified
John Martinez  Well Qualified
Maria Vargas-Rodriguez Qualified
ANTELOPE MUNICIPAL COURT, OFFICE NO. 1
David Bianchi Qualified
Christopher Estes Qualified
ANTELOPE MUNICIPAL COURT, OFFICE NO. 2
William Clark Qualified
Larry Layton Qualified
Pamela Rogers Qualified
BEVERLY HILLS MUNICIPAL COURT, OFFICE NO. 2
Hugh Bobys Well Qualified
Mitchell Dawson Well Qualified
John Khoury Not Qualified
Richard Stone Well Qualified
DOWNEY MUNICIPAL COURT, OFFICE NO. 4
Kirt Hopson Not Qualified
Jesse Rodriguez Qualified
INGLEWOOD MUNICIPAL COURT, OFFICE NO. 1
Deborah Christian Well Qualified
Patricia Titus  Qualified
LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL COURT, OFFICE NO. 1
John Ladner Well Qualified
David Mintz Well Qualified
Vicki Roberts Not Qualified
Ronald Silverton Not Qualified
John Slawson Well Qualified
David Stuart Qualified
LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL COURT, OFFICE NO. 44
Bernita "Susan" Borges Not Qualified
Richard Rico Well Qualified

Because there is often little information publicly available about judicial candidates, LACBA considers this report to be one of its most important public services.

The evaluations are the opinion only of the committee, whose 43 members represent a cross-section of the legal community by gender and ethnicity, including lawyers from the public and private sectors, corporate counsel, sole practitioners and members of small, medium and large firms. The committee members also represent a broad geographic spectrum of cities and towns throughout the county.

The Los Angeles County Bar and the committee neither endorse nor oppose the election of specific candidates. The evaluations are not intended to be comparisons of one candidate against another, nor do they necessarily reflect the ability of the candidates to practice law. The committee firmly emphasizes that it limits its evaluations to the candidates' present qualifications for the judicial offices they seek.

Since 1976, the Los Angeles County Bar has been issuing its judicial evaluation report to encourage a better informed electorate. Voters may view the full report from the Los Angeles County Bar's web page at http://www.lacba.org/judicial

The Los Angeles County Bar Association is the largest local voluntary bar association in the nation with a membership of more than 23,000 attorneys. The Los Angeles County Bar is extensively engaged in advancing the administration of justice, promoting its public service projects, and furthering the education of its members.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For report, call 213/833-6700 and request #819. LACBA press releases are available at http://www.lacba.org/pr/

 



     





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