Fedullo to Stress Schools, Judicial Ratings System

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William P. Fedullo
William P. Fedullo

One of the issues that will be considered is whether the bar association should reveal its specific reasoning behind why certain candidates are endorsed and others are not, Fedullo said.

Additionally, Fedullo mentioned that he wanted to review the judicial election process on the whole, including the fairness of ballot position.

"Sometimes if you draw the top ballot spot, you automatically become the top ballot spot for judge. Is that a fair process? What can we do about that?" Fedullo asked. "What if someone two years out of law school comes and draws top ballot position? Are they all of a sudden ready to be a judge? That doesn't seem fair for a lot of reasons."

"We're hoping that by the end of my year we're going to have a process that gets the word out to the citizens through the media to elect only the recommended candidates," Fedullo continued, "until merit selection comes to pass."

An upcoming event that Fedullo said he and the bar are looking forward to is the 2014 World City Bar Leaders Conference, hosted for the first time in Philadelphia.

The conference consists of lawyers from major metropolitan centers across the globe convening once a year in a chosen city to discuss issues facing the legal profession and developments in law.

"This is a real gem that we're getting because they don't pick a city unless they consider you world-class," Fedullo said. "We're going to have bar leaders from London and Paris, from Italy and Russia and China. We intend to have a great program for them."

Fedullo said he wants to take this opportunity to showcase to the world the bar's progress in terms of its civil Gideon initiatives.

Of civil Gideon, Fedullo said, "We'd like to make that a reality, we'd like that to be funded. There's been some great leadership with regard to Chief Justice Castille in this issue. So we're hoping that this comes to fruition this year."

Finally, Fedullo said the bar is developing a "Law Firm Laboratory," or a program that details how attorneys can forge their own firms and independent practices.

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