Judicial Selection Committee

The Judicial Selection Committee conducts confidential interviews to evaluate judges and judicial candidates seeking judicial office in Cuyahoga County in order to assist the public in making an informed vote.

The Committee participates in the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition (JCRC) which consists of local bar associations and agencies who interview and rate judicial candidates and post the ratings at Judge4Yourself.com.  The JCRC is supported by the CMBA’s Partners for Community Engagement.

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Members of the Judicial Selection Committee are generally appointed by the Board of Trustees at the beginning of each calendar year after an informal interview when committee seats become available. Lawyer members must be trial practitioners representing a diverse range of practice areas and may not publicly endorse or contribute money to a judicial campaign or serve on a judicial campaign committee. Non-lawyer members must be actively involved in community affairs.  Click here to view the bylaws for this Committee.

For more information on the Judicial Selection Committee, please contact Heather Zirke, Bar Counsel.


Jill G. Okun
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Kenneth R. Callahan
Vice Chair
Buckley King