LeGal Judicial Candidate Ratings

2010 LeGaL Judicial Candidate Ratings  for Civil & Surrogate's Court

General Election, Nov. 2, 2010
The LeGaL Judicial Screening Panel is pleased to announce its ratings for candidates for Civil and Surrogate's Court in New York City.*

All candidates were invited to appear before the LeGaL Judicial Screening Panel. Candidates received an "Approved" rating upon a clear showing that they will be committed to the equality of rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and the transgendered during their judicial term. In addition, the Panel considered whether candidates possess the integrity, intellect, experience and temperament required to sit on the bench. Candidates must have also demonstrated that they will not permit discrimination against women or any other minority group in their courtroom.

Candidates who received a rating of "Highly Approved" possessed all of the characteristics required for an "Approved" rating to an outstanding degree and in addition demonstrated a deep commitment to fostering public confidence in the integrity of the judicial process.

Candidates are rated based on a written application and an interview with the Judicial Screening Panel. Candidates who did not meet the criteria for an "Approved" rating are designated as "Not Approved" and candidates who did not appear after invitation are designated "Not Approved - Failed to Appear." In select instances, "No Rating" will apply for reasons stated below.

* The LeGaL Screening Panel did not screen candidates for Supreme Court; the panel anticipates resuming such screening next year.
Bronx County
Judge of the Civil Court (1st Municipal Court District)
· Joseph Capella: Not Approved - Failed to Appear

Judge of the Civil Court (2nd Municipal Court District)
· Daniel Szalkiewicz: Not Approved - Failed to Appear
· Linda Poust Lopez: No Rating - became a candidate after cut-off date for screening by LeGaL Panel and accordingly did not receive an invitation to appear before panel
Kings County
Judge of the Civil Court (Countywide)
· Vincent F. Martusciello: Not Approved - Failed to Appear
· Harriet L. Thompson: Approved

Judge of the Civil Court (7th Municipal Court District)
· Hon. Betty J. Williams: Approved
New York County
Judge of the Civil Court (Countywide)**
· Hon. David B. Cohen: Not Approved - Failed to Appear
· Leticia M. Ramirez: Approved
· Michael L. Katz: No rating - became a candidate after cut-off date for screening by   LeGaL Panel and accordingly did not receive an invitation to appear before panel

** Hon. Matthew Cooper appeared before the LeGaL panel at a time when he was a candidate for Civil Court and received a Highly Approved rating. Subsequent to the screening, Judge Cooper became the Democratic Party's candidate for Supreme Court and is no longer running for a Civil Court seat.

Judge of the Civil Court (1st Municipal Court District)
· Hon. Joan M. Kenney: Approved
· Carol R. Feinman: Highly Approved

Judge of the Civil Court (5th Municipal Court District)
· Kelly Levy: Highly Approved

Judge of the Civil Court (9th Municipal Court District)
· Hon. Gerald Lebovitz: Approved
Queens County
Judge of the Civil Court (Countywide)
· Barry A. Schwartz: Approved
· Dennis Lebwohl: Not Approved - Failed to Appear

Surrogate's Court
· Hon. Peter J. Kelly: Highly Approved

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