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MCBA releases judicial ratings

The Monroe County Bar Association on Thursday released the ratings of six people it evaluated earlier this year for judgeships for Monroe County Family Court and Rochester City Court.

The association also released ratings from three prior years. Under MCBA rules, a “highly qualified” or “qualified” rating of a candidate is valid for elections or appointments which occur within a three-year period from the date the rating is given for a particular judicial office.

The ratings are as follows:


Rochester City Court

The Hon. John Elliott — Highly qualified

Caroline Morrison — Highly qualified

Monroe County Family Court

Juan Nevarez — Qualified

The Hon. Dandrea Ruhlmann — Highly qualified

Nathan Van Loon — Qualified

James Walsh  — Qualified


Monroe County Family Court

William King — Qualified


Monroe County Court

Paul Irving — Qualified


Monroe County Family Court

Gary Muldoon — Highly qualified

The MCBA has a three-tier rating system consisting of “highly qualified,” “qualified” and “not qualified.” The ratings are based on an evaluation by hundreds of lawyers and judges who have professional experience with each person being evaluated, along with in-depth research and interviews by the MCBA’s Judiciary Committee.

The evaluation process is designed to be fair and unbiased and is intended to be a public service to provide voters with useful information on a person’s qualifications in seeking judgeship. The MCBA encourages the public to assess each person independently and make up their own mind come Election Day.

This year, 388 lawyers and judges who have regular professional contact with at least one of the people being evaluated participated in the survey.

To view the rules for the MCBA’s judicial evaluations, please go to, or call (585) 546-1817.