Sep 1, 2020
Election Day 2020 in Cincinnati features several judicial races: in Hamilton County alone, 13 seats are up for election. Before anyone fills out their ballot, though, Cincinnati’s attorneys, as representatives of the legal community, have a responsibility to the broader community to take the CBA judicial poll.
Intended as a public service, the judicial poll acts as a utility by which members of the voting public can become more thoroughly informed about prospective candidates for these powerful positions in local government.
“It is important for lawyers to weigh in on these candidates
to help the public understand who they’re voting for.”
“This upcoming race has a decent number of diverse candidates, whether it be race, gender, party,” said John J. Williams, chair of the CBA Committee on the Judiciary and past president of the CBA. “It is important for lawyers to weigh in on these candidates to help the public understand who they’re voting for.”
The Judicial Poll will be sent as a digital survey in September to all CBA members. Members who have had experience with the candidates will be able to evaluate them in six different categories.
“Categories are designed to give the voting public a broad perspective of the candidates which is important because judges need to be well rounded,” said Williams.
These categories include administrative diligence, communication skills, community engagement, integrity/impartiality/objectivity, legal experience and professionalism/temperament.
“The survey is very objective,” said Williams. “It does not attempt to qualify or disqualify any candidate. it only attempts to have lawyers who are familiar with the candidate to weigh in on the candidate, to assess the candidate.”
The Committee on the Judiciary was formed during Williams’ tenure as president.
“Part of being a lawyer, you’re a steward of the system,” he said. “I think good stewardship demands that we help the public understand who the candidates are.”