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Lake County releases judicial candidate survey

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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The Lake County Bar Association has released the results of its 2008 Judicial Qualification Survey of judicial candidates in Lake County.

Candidates were rated on a scale from 1 to 10 in the candidate's competence, temperament, and character, with one being not qualified and 10 being exceptionally well qualified. A total of 265 responses were received; the amount of responses varied for each candidate.

According to the survey, two Lake Superior magistrate judges scored the highest: Magistrate Judge Michael Pagano had the highest overall score of 8.11 and Magistrate Judge Kathleen Belzeski scored next highest overall at 7.49. Judicial candidates Jeremiah Sheets and Nancy Moore Tiller received the lowest overall scores at 4.64 and 4.37, respectively.

The Lake County Bar Association has rated the qualifications of judicial candidates and sitting judges for more than 20 years. Complete survey results can be found here.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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