WLAM announces ratings and endorsements of judicial candidates for office

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) is proud to announce its ratings and endorsements of judicial candidates for office.

Only those judicial candidates who actively sought a rating or endorsement from WLAM were evaluated.  A total of eleven (11) judicial candidates requested to participate in WLAM’s rigorous process, which included an extensive background check.  All candidates also had oral interviews.

WLAM is an organization proud to be a conglomeration of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats, women and men, and our members have diverse views.

It is important to note that a rating or endorsement of one candidate in a particular race is not in any way a statement of our opinion on any other candidate in that particular race.

WLAM hereby rates the following individuals who are running for judicial office in alphabetical order:

Candidate Court Recommendation
Samuel Bagenstos Michigan Supreme Court Outstanding
Megan Kathleen Cavanagh Michigan Supreme Court Outstanding
Hon. Elizabeth Clement Michigan Supreme Court Outstanding
Kameshia Gant 46thDistrict Court Highly Recommend
Julie Gatti 16thCircuit Court Outstanding
Tracy Green 3rdCircuit Court Highly Recommend
Alyia Hakim 39thDistrict Court Outstanding
Hon. Alexis G. Krot 31stDistrict Court Highly Recommend
Ayanna Neal 54-A District Court Highly Recommend
Delicia Cain-Taylor Coleman 3rdCircuit Court Recommend
Maria Zagorski 1stDistrict Court Highly Recommend

 

The ratings were based on the following criteria:

Each candidate, for either elected or appointed office, was given one of the following ratings: Outstanding, Highly Recommended, Recommended, Not Recommended, or No Rating.  These ratings are defined as follows:

Outstanding:

To be rated ”outstanding” the candidate must exhibit exceptional qualities for judicial service. The candidate must have excellent legal ability, wide experience, wisdom intellect, insight, impartiality and judicial temperament. The candidate should have generally participated in numerous civic, charitable, religious, and political activities in the community and professional bar organizations.  The candidate should be acclaimed in the legal community as affirmatively espousing the position of all women in society and a demonstrated record of advancing women in the legal profession.

Highly Recommended:

To be rated ”highly recommended” the candidate must exhibit superior qualities for judicial service. The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in legal ability, wide experience, wisdom, intellect, insight, and impartiality. The candidate should have generally participated in civil, charitable, religious, or political activities in the community and professional bar organizations. The candidate should be acknowledged in the legal community as affirmatively espousing the position of all women in society and a demonstrated record of advancing women in the legal profession.

Recommended:

To be rated “recommended” the candidate must exhibit the essential qualities and a fitness for judicial service. The candidate must have good legal ability, experience, wisdom, intellect, insight, and impartiality. The candidate should have participated in civic, charitable, religious, or political activities in the community or professional bar organizations. The candidate should be seen in the legal community as affirmatively espousing the position of all women in society and a demonstrated record of advancing women in the legal profession.

Not Recommended

No Rating:

A candidate will not be rated if there is insufficient information available to the committee on the candidate’s fitness for judicial office; a candidate requests that no rating be given; or the CREC finds that the candidate does not meet the standards of qualifications set by the CREC as set forth above.