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Cheryl Green – Not Recommended

19 Oct

The Bar Association of Erie County has released their annual ratings for candidates for New York State Supreme Court and Erie County Court.

It would appear that former Erie County Attorney and current candidate for the State Supreme Court (and our old friend), Cheryl Green, did not fare too well.

Judicial candidates complete a written questionnaire and are rated on criteria including integrity, experience, professional ability, education, reputation, industry, temperament, fairness, statutory standards, attitude, punctuality, and knowledge of the law; all of which are determined through a process which includes a personal interview with each candidate and interviews with lawyers and judges who have had interaction with the candidates.

The ratings are defined in the Bar Association of Erie County’s Judicial Rating Application:

The great public responsibility and power of the bench necessitates that the measure of qualification for judicial office must be 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. In assessing an applicant’s qualifications it must be remembered that meeting the ‘standards of professional conduct expected of lawyers in their relationships with the public, with the legal system, and with the legal profession,’ is at least as important as the requirement of knowledge and proficiency in technical aspects of the practice of law.

Green was rated as “Not Recommended” by the Bar Association.  As stated above, to be rated as “Qualified”, the candidate must meet each of the listed criteria to a “reasonable degree“.  Implied in their “Not Recommended” rating is that the former Erie County Attorney does not meet the basic standards for the bench.  Too bad they couldn’t have rated her prior to her appointment as Erie County Attorney, perhaps we could have saved taxpayer monies spent defending Sheriff Howard’s willful flouting of standards and pointless arguments with the federal government on jail standards.  As Jim Heaney said in The Buffalo News, her scorecard on the fight against implementation of federal standards at the Eire County Holding Center went, umm, poorly…

Let’s see, that makes her one for six (in her legal battles with the federal government). With that batting average — .167, for the record — she’d be headed for the minors if she was playing for the Bisons. The low minors, at that.

I guess that explains why Green’s boss, County Executive Chris Collins, gave her the OK to retain an outside law firm at $425 an hour to handle the Justice Department’s suit against the county for conditions at the Holding Center.
With her batting average, would you want Green handling your legal affairs?

The other candidates were rated as follows:

New York State Supreme Court
Deborah A. Chimes ~ Qualified
Hon. Kevin M. Dillon ~ Outstanding
Hon. Eugene M. Fahey ~ Outstanding
Cheryl A. Green ~ Not Recommended
Mark A. Montour ~ Qualified
Hon. Henry J. Nowak ~ Qualified
Catherine Nugent Panepinto ~ Qualified
Mark C. Rodgers ~ Well Qualified
Jeffrey F. Voelkl ~ Qualified
Paul B. Wojtaszek ~ Qualified

Erie County Court
Kenneth F. Case ~ Well Qualified
Hon. James A.W. McLeod ~ Qualified