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November 4, 2014 General Election
Judicial Candidate Ratings

2014 Contested Ratings

 

Candidate Average
Rating
Cleveland
Metropolitan
Bar
Association
Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Norman S.
Minor Bar
Association
Ohio
Women's
Bar
Association
PD &
NEOMG
Call &
Post
Supreme
Court FTC 1/1/2015
Sharon
Kennedy
  Not
Recommended
Not
Recommended
Not
Recommended
*    
Tom
Letson
  Refused to
Participate
Refused to
Participate
Refused to
Participate
*    
Supreme
Court FTC
1/2/2015
Judith
French
  Excellent Good Excellent *    
John P.
O'Donnell

  Excellent` Excellent Excellent-Preferred * Endorsed  
Common
Pleas General
Division FTC 1/3/2015
Pamela A.
Barker
4.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Endorsed  
Sherrie
Miday
3.0 Good Good Good Good    
Common
Pleas General
Division FTC 1/10/2015
Shannon M.
Gallagher

2.25 Adequate Adequate Adequate Good    
Matthew A. McMonagle 3.0 Good Good Good Good Endorsed  
Common
Pleas Domestic Relations Division UTE 1/12/2017
Janet Rath Colaluca 4.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Endorsed  
Francine
Goldberg
2.25 Adequate Adequate Good Adequate    
Common
Pleas Probate
Division FTC 1/1/2015
Anthony J.
Russo
4.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Endorsed  
Michael R. Sliwinski 2.0 Adequate Adequate Adequate Adequate    

*OWBA rates Supreme Court candidates through a separate state-wide process. Its ratings will be added to the Judge4Yourself.com grid when available.

2014 Unopposed Candidates

 

Candidate Average
Rating
Cleveland
Metropolitan
Bar
Association
Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Norman S.
Minor Bar
Association
Ohio
Women's
Bar
Association
PD &
NEOMG
Call &
Post

8th District Court of Appeals FTC 2/9/2015

Sean C.
Gallagher
4.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent    

8th District Court of Appeals FTC 2/10/2015

Larry A.
Jones
3.51 Good Excellent Excellent Good -
Preferred
   

8th District Court of Appeals FTC 2/11/2015

Patricia Ann
Blackmon
3.751 Good Excellent Excellent Excellent    

8th District Court of Appeals FTC 2/12/2015

Anita Laster
Mays
2.754 Adequate Good Excellent Adequate    

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/1/2015

Michael J.
Russo
3.751 Good Excellent Excellent Excellent    

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/2/2015

Nancy A.
Fuerst
4.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent    

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/4/2015

Nancy R.
McDonnell
3.51 Good Excellent Excellent Good    

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/5/2015

Brendan J.
Sheehan
3.75 Good Excellent Excellent Excellent    

Common
Pleas General Division FTC
1/6/2015

Robert C.
McClelland
4.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent    

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/7/2015

Nancy Margaret
Russo
3.01 Adequate Excellent Excellent Adequate    

Common Pleas General Division FTC 2/9/2015

Deena R.
Calabrese
3.01 Good Good Good Good    

Common Pleas General Division UTE 1/11/2017

Joan
Synenberg
4.03 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent    

Common Pleas DR Division FTC 1/8/2015

Rosemary
Grdina
Gold
4.02 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent    

Common Pleas DR Division FTC 1/9/2015

Leslie Ann
Celebrezze
0.01 Not
Recommended
Not
Recommended
Not
Recommended
Not
Recommended
   

Common Pleas Probate Division FTC 2/9/2015

Laura J.
Gallagher
3.75 Good Excellent Excellent Excellent    

1 Prior Rating - 2008 General Election

2 Prior Rating - 2010 General Election

3 Prior Rating - 2012 General Election

4 Prior Rating - 2014 Primary Election

FTC = Full term commencing
UTE = Unexpired term ending
NEOMG = Editorial Board of the Northeast Ohio Media Group and The Plain Dealer

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2014 Contested General Election Judicial Candidate Ratings

Supreme Court FTC 1/1/2015

Sharon Kennedy - Average Rating:

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Not Recomm.
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Not Recomm.
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Not Recomm.
Ohio Women's Bar:
*

Tom Letson - Average Rating:

Refused to Participate

Ohio Women's Bar:
*

Supreme Court FTC 1/2/2015

Judith French - Average Rating:

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Good
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
*

John P. O'Donnell - Average Rating:

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent-Pref.
Ohio Women's Bar:
*
PD & NEOMG:
Endorsed

Common
Pleas General
Division FTC 1/3/2015

Pamela A. Barker - Average Rating: 4.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent
PD & NEOMG:
Endorsed

Sherrie Miday - Average Rating: 3.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Good
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Good
Ohio Women's Bar:
Good

Common
Pleas General
Division FTC 1/10/2015

Shannon M.
Gallagher - Average Rating: 2.25

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Adequate
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Adequate
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Adequate
Ohio Women's Bar:
Good

Matthew A. McMonagle - Average Rating: 3.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Good
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Good
Ohio Women's Bar:
Good
PD & NEOMG:
Endorsed

Common Pleas
Domestic Relations Division UTE 1/12/2017

Janet Rath Colaluca - Average Rating: 4.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent
PD & NEOMG:
Endorsed

Francine Goldberg - Average Rating: 2.25

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Adequate
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Adequate
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Good
Ohio Women's Bar:
Adequate

Common
Pleas Probate
Division FTC 1/1/2015

Anthony J.
Russo - Average Rating: 4.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent
PD & NEOMG:
Endorsed

Michael R. Sliwinski - Average Rating: 2.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Adequate
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Adequate
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Adequate
Ohio Women's Bar:
Adequate

*OWBA rates Supreme Court candidates through a separate state-wide process. Its ratings will be added to the Judge4Yourself.com grid when available.


2014 Uncontested General Election Judicial Candidate Ratings

8th District Court of Appeals FTC 2/9/2015

Sean C. Gallagher - Average Rating: 4.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent

8th District Court of Appeals FTC 2/10/2015

Larry A. Jones - Average Rating: 3.51

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Good-Preferred

8th District Court of Appeals FTC 2/11/2015

Patricia Ann Blackmon - Average Rating: 3.751

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent

8th District Court of Appeals FTC 2/12/2015

Anita Laster Mays - Average Rating: 2.754

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Adequate
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Good
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Adequate

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/1/2015

Michael J. Russo - Average Rating: 3.751

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/2/2015

Nancy A. Fuerst - Average Rating: 4.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/4/2015

Nancy R. McDonnell - Average Rating: 3.5 1

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Good

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/5/2015

Brendan J. Sheehan - Average Rating: 3.75

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/6/2015

Robert C. McClelland - Average Rating: 4.0

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent

Common Pleas General Division FTC 1/7/2015

Nancy Margaret Russo - Average Rating: 3.01

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Adequate
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Adequate

Common Pleas General Division FTC 2/9/2015

Deena R. Calabrese - Average Rating: 3.01

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Good
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Good
Ohio Women's Bar:
Good

Common Pleas General Division UTE 1/11/2017

Joan Synenberg - Average Rating: 4.03

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent

Common Pleas DR Division FTC 1/8/2015

Rosemary Grdina Gold - Average Rating: 4.02

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Excellent
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent

Common Pleas DR Division FTC 1/9/2015

Leslie Ann Celebrezze - Average Rating: 0.01

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Not Recomm.
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Not Recomm.
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Not Recomm.
Ohio Women's Bar:
Not Recomm.

Common Pleas Probate Division FTC 2/9/2015

Laura J. Gallagher - Average Rating: 3.75

Clev. Metro. Bar:
Good
Cuy. Cty. Crim. Def. Lawyers:
Excellent
Norman S. Minor Bar:
Excellent
Ohio Women's Bar:
Excellent


1 Prior Rating - 2008 General Election

2 Prior Rating - 2010 General Election

3 Prior Rating - 2012 General Election

4 Prior Rating - 2014 Primary Election

FTC = Full term commencing
UTE = Unexpired term ending
NEOMG = Editorial Board of the Northeast Ohio Media Group and The Plain Dealer