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On November 7, you decide who becomes a judge in Philadelphia. Who's best for the bench? Ask the Philadelphia Bar Association. Our Judicial Commission's objective, nonpartisan investigations rate candidates on their ability, integrity and judgment. Make an informed decision.

Philadelphia Bar Association Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention Ratings


2017 General Election Ratings – Candidates

Superior Court of Pennsylvania *

  • Highly Recommended:
  • Highly RecommendedMaria McLaughlin
  • Recommended:
  • RecommendedCarolyn H. Nichols

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania *

  • Recommended:
  • RecommendedEllen H. Ceisler

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

  • Recommended:
  • RecommendedDeborah Canty
  • RecommendedLucretia C. Clemons
  • RecommendedVincent Furlong
  • RecommendedVikki Kristiansson
  • RecommendedZac Shaffer
  • RecommendedStella Tsai
  • Not Recommended:
  • Not RecommendedDeborah Cianfrani
  • Not RecommendedMark B. Cohen
  • Not RecommendedShanese Johnson

Philadelphia Municipal Court

  • Recommended:
  • RecommendedMarissa Joan Brumbach
  • RecommendedMatt S. Wolf

2017 General Election Ratings – Retention Judges

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

  • Recommended:
  • RecommendedLinda A. Carpenter
  • RecommendedEllen H. Ceisler
  • RecommendedMichael E. Erdos
  • RecommendedShelley Robins New
  • RecommendedRosalyn K. Robinson
  • RecommendedTeresa M. Sarmina

Philadelphia Municipal Court

  • Recommended:
  • RecommendedThomas F. Gehret
  • RecommendedNazario Jimenez Jr.
  • RecommendedWilliam A. Meehan Jr.
  • RecommendedBradley K. Moss
  • RecommendedDavid C. Shuter
  • RecommendedKaren Y. Simmons
  • RecommendedJoyce O. Webb Eubanks
  • Not Recommended:
  • Not RecommendedJames M. De Leon
  • Not RecommendedMarvin L. Williams

* Appellate court ratings are issued only for those candidates who maintain a principal office or chambers in Philadelphia.