Judicial Candidate Ratings

The Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA) convened to review the qualifications of nine candidates running for seats on the New York State Supreme Court, Monroe County Court, Monroe County Family Court, and Rochester City Court.

Candidates who participate in the evaluation process are rated “exceptionally well qualified,” “well qualified,” “qualified” or “not qualified.” A rating of “commended” is also given to those candidates who have demonstrated outstanding sensitivity to issues of women, minorities, and bias. 

GRAWA’s Ratings for the 2016 Judicial Candidates

NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT

Hon. Charles Schiano // Not recommended for refusal to participate in the evaluation process

MONROE COUNTY COURT

Melissa Barrett, Esq. // Qualified
Matthew D. Nafus, Esq. // Well Qualified
Hon. Sam Valleriani // Not recommended for refusal to participate in the evaluation process

MONROE COUNTY FAMILY COURT

Maritza C. Buitrago, Esq. //  Exceptionally Well Qualified and Commended
Stacy Romeo, Esq. //  Not recommended for refusal to participate in the evaluation process

ROCHESTER CITY COURT

Hon. Maija C. Dixon  //  Qualified

PRESS RELEASE: GRAWA JEC Judicial Evaluations - May 2016

GRAWA’s Ratings for the 2015 Judicial Candidates

New York State Supreme Court

Hon. Craig J. Doran // Exceptionally Well Qualified and Commended
Gary Muldoon, Esq. // Qualified
Matthew D. Nafus, Esq. // Well Qualified
Hon. James J. Piampiano // Qualified
Judith A. Sinclair, Esq. // Not Qualified
Hon. William K. Taylor // Qualified

Monroe County Family Court

Maritza C. Buitrago, Esq. //  Exceptionally Well Qualified and Commended
James A. Vazzana, Esq. //  Qualified

Rochester City Court

Hon. Stephen T. Miller  //  Well Qualified

PRESS RELEASE: GRAWA JEC Judicial Evaluations - May 2015

GRAWA's Ratings for the 2014 Judicial Candidates

Monroe County Surrogate’s Court (one seat)

Hon. John M. Owens // Highly Qualified

Rochester City Court (one seat)

Leticia Astacio, Esq. // Qualified
William Gargan, Esq. // Highly Qualified
Michael Lopez, Esq. // Qualified

PRESS RELEASE: GRAWA JEC Judicial Evaluations - May 2014

GRAWA's Ratings for the 2013 Judicial Candidates

Monroe County Family Court

Juan A. Nevarez, Esq. // Qualified
Hon. Dandrea L. Ruhlmann // Qualified and Commended
Nathan A. Van Loon, Esq. // Qualified
James E. Walsh, Jr., Esq. // Qualified

Monroe County Court

Christopher S. Ciaccio, Esq. // Qualified
Paul D. Irving, Esq. // Not Rated, Rated Qualified in 2011

Rochester City Court

Hon. John E. Elliott // Qualified
Caroline Elizabeth Edwards-Morrison, Esq. // Qualified

PRESS RELEASE: GRAWA JEC Judicial Evaluations - May 2013