The Akron Bar Association and the 2018 Judicial Campaigns: Ratings Announced

Thank you for visiting our site. The Akron Bar Association accepts the responsibility to evaluate and make recommendations regarding candidates seeking election to the various judgeships (municipal, common pleas, and court of appeals) within Summit County. Through the efforts of the Commission on Judicial Candidates members of the Association conduct research on and interview each candidate.

To that end, the Akron Bar Association assigns one of four possible rankings and works to share those results with members of the public as well as local media. The possible rankings are:

  • Not Acceptable
  • Adequate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Rankings are not an endorsement for or against any particular candidate. Instead, the rankings are an evaluation by the Commission on Judicial Candidates based on seven standards: Integrity, Legal Knowledge and Ability, Professional Experience, Judicial Temperament, Diligence, Personal Responsibility, and Public & Community Service and only indicate the Commission’s opinion on the suitableness of each candidate for the specific judgeship the candidate is seeking.

This website is designed to promote the ABA ratings and provide a resource for the citizens of Summit County to use when seeking information about the candidates for whom they will be voting in the November election.

The ratings for November 2018 General Election are:

Candidate ABA Commission Rating

Ninth District Court of Appeals
Beginning February 9, 2019

Diana Colavecchio ADEQUATE
Jennifer Hensal EXCELLENT

Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division
Term ending January 2, 2021

David Lombardi EXCELLENT
Kelly McLaughlin GOOD

Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division

Term beginning January 2, 2019

Amy Corrigall Jones EXCELLENT

Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division

Term beginning May 17, 2019

Jill Flagg Lanzinger GOOD
Susan Baker Ross GOOD

Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division

Term beginning January 1, 2019

Thomas McCarty ADEQUATE
Kathryn Michael GOOD