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OCBA EVALUATES CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR JUDICIAL OFFICE IN JUNE 8 ELECTION

May 14, 2010 - As a public service to assist the voters in Orange County, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) has conducted a review of the candidates who are running in contested races for the open judgeships in the June 8 election. The OCBA does not endorse any candidates for election. The mission of the Orange County Bar Association is to enhance the system of justice, to support the lawyers who serve it and to assist the community served by it.

The review of candidates was conducted by the Judiciary Committee of the OCBA. The process included a review of the responses to a detailed questionnaire completed by the candidates, interviews of judges, attorneys and others familiar with the candidate and a personal interview of the candidate. The process was the same for all candidates. Based upon the reviews, investigations and interviews, the OCBA then rated each participating  candidate in one of three categories: "Highly Qualified," "Qualified," or "Not Recommended."

OCBA RATINGS OF JUDICIAL CANDIDATES

Superior Court Office #16
Andre “Andy” Manssourian
Deputy District Attorney
QUALIFIED
Gerald L. Klein
Family Law Specialist
NOT RECOMMENDED
Superior Court Office #50
Commissioner Lon F. Hurwitz HIGHLY QUALIFIED
Referee Julian W. Bailey HIGHLY QUALIFIED