Bar association rates federal judges
By Christin Nance Lazerus email@example.com March 18, 2013 5:14PM
Updated: March 29, 2013 4:00PM
All the Northwest Indiana federal judges and magistrates received a qualified rating or better in the latest Lake County Bar Association survey.
Judges were anonymously rated on a scale of 1-to-10 in the areas of competence, temperament and character.
The survey is conducted every year following the U.S. presidential election.
The results are meant to help incumbent judges to identify areas of strength and potential areas for improving judicial performance.
The rating levels are exceptionally well qualified (9-10), well qualified (7-8), qualified (5-6), less than qualified (3-4), and not qualified (1-2).
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kent Lindquist topped the rankings in all three categories, with an overall average score of 9.22.
Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich was close behind with an overall score of 9.17.
Four judges finished in the 8-point range: Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry at 8.63, Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen at 8.57, Judge Philip Simon at 8.53, and Bankruptcy Judge J. Philip Klingeberger at 8.36.
Magistrate Judge John Martin scored 7.86 in the survey, Senior Judge Rudy Lozano received a 6.97 score and Senior Judge James Moody finished with a score of 6.79.
The survey was completed by 261 of the 1,006 eligible attorneys living and practicing in Lake County.