The Memphis Bar Association released the results of its Judicial Qualification Poll on Friday, July 14, 2006, for the candidates in contested judicial elections on the August 3 ballot.
The poll was sent to 3,025 attorneys in Memphis and Shelby County, including both members and non-members of the MBA. 400 attorneys responded.
The poll asked attorneys to rate a judicial candidates qualification for office after considering the candidates legal knowledge, experience, and area(s) of practice; reputation for competence in the area(s) of practice and/or judicial service; respect for the judicial process, including litigants, lawyers and judges; integrity; and life experiences and service to the legal and local communities. Attorneys were asked to rate a candidate as either highly qualified, qualified, or not qualified. If more than one candidate was rated as highly qualified, the attorney was asked to select the one candidate he/she felt was best qualified for the position. If an attorney did not know or had no opinion about a candidates qualifications, he/she was asked to mark no opinion.
The Memphis Bar Association has conducted a poll of candidates in contested judicial elections for more than 15 years, in the belief that Shelby County attorneys are in the best position to know a candidates qualifications and that the bar association has a responsibility to inform the voting public of attorneys opinions about the candidates.