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2016 Judicial Evaluation Ratings Press Release Final(1) .pdf


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Rochester Black Bar Association
(585) 502-8736
rbbalaw@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2016
Three Judicial Evaluation Ratings
Released Today by the Rochester Black Bar Association
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA) today released
the rating results of persons it evaluated this year seeking judgeships for Monroe
County Court and Rochester City Court.
The RBBA’s Judicial Review Committee is comprised of local attorneys. Our judicial
review process is a non-partisan program that is designed to evaluate each judicial
candidate on an individual basis.
RBBA’s evaluation process includes reviewing a detailed questionnaire completed by
the candidate, reviewing writing samples, conducting reference checks and holding an
in-depth interview with each candidate. Evaluation criteria include experience; integrity;
professional competence; judicial temperament; service to the law; and contribution to
the effective administration of justice and/or the community. Evaluation criteria for a
candidate currently sitting as a judge also include preparedness, attentiveness and
control over judicial proceedings; judicial management skills; courtesy to litigants,
counsel and court personnel; public disciplinary sanctions; and quality of judicial
opinions.
Each candidate who participates in the evaluation process is rated “highly qualified,”
“qualified” or “not qualified.” Each candidate also receives a sensitivity rating of highly
sensitive, moderately sensitive or low sensitivity based on the candidate’s sensitivity to
issues involving minorities and/or other historically disadvantaged groups.
The ratings are as follows:

Monroe County Court
Melissa Barrett-

Highly Qualified
Highly Sensitive

Matthew D. Nafus-

Highly Qualified
Moderately Sensitive

Rochester City Court
Hon. Maija C. Dixon -

Highly Qualified
Highly Sensitive

Please note, the 2015 rating for Martiza Buitrago, candidate for Monroe County Family
Court, remains valid. Ms. Buitrago was rated Highly Qualified and Highly Sensitive.
The Rochester Black Bar Association is a not for profit organization committed to
community service, promoting diversity throughout the legal community and advocacy
on behalf of disadvantaged individuals throughout the Rochester area.


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