As Jewish attorneys, one of the most effective ways we can make a difference in our legal community and serve our Jewish community as a whole is to formally rate candidates for judicial elections and persons seeking appointment to the bench. Therefore, the Cardozo Society has undertaken the formation of a Judicial Evaluation Committee. We evaluate individuals seeking either appointment or election to judicial office including: municipal and district courts, superior courts, superior court commissioner seats, courts of appeals, and the Washington State Supreme Court. We strive to do this four times a year.
We do not endorse candidates for judicial office. Rather, we evaluate candidates by providing the public with our ratings. Candidates may be rated as follows: exceptionally well qualified (EWQ), well qualified (WQ), qualified (Q), or not qualified (NQ) based on various factors including his or her integrity, fairness, legal ability, and demonstrated commitment and knowledge of issues particular to the Jewish community, according to our bylaws (see above).