2016 CNYWBA Judicial Candidate Ratings




Releases Ratings for New York State Supreme Court, Onondaga Family Court, and

Onondaga County Court for the Fifth Judicial District


(Syracuse, New York-October 6, 2016)  The Judicial Screening Committee of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association (“CNYWBA”) has completed its evaluation of judicial candidates for New York State Supreme Court, Onondaga County Family Court, and Onondaga County Court, Fifth Judicial District races.  The final rating of the judicial candidate was approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors on October 6, 2016. 


The CNYWBA’s Judicial Screening Committee, co-chaired by Martin Lynn, Esq. and Michelle Rudderow, Esq., is comprised of members of the CNYWBA with diverse experience and practice areas.  The Committee conducted interviews and did extensive reviews of the qualifications of candidates who chose to participate in the screening process.  The rating process considers each candidate’s judicial temperament, legal ability and experience, analytical skills, impartiality and freedom from bias and prejudice, industriousness, diligence and promptness, and general reputation, character, fitness, and attitude towards women’s issues. There are three (3) possible ratings, which are based upon a numerical score that each candidate received as a result of the Committee’s review:  (from highest to lowest) Commended, Qualified, and Not Qualified.


These results are as follows: 


New York State Supreme Court

            Hon. Deborah H. Karalunas               Commended

            Hon. Theodore H. Limpert                 Commended

            Gregory Gilbert, Esq.                          Commended

            Scott DelConte, Esq.                          Commended


Onondaga County Family Court

            Hon. Martha E. Mulroy                      Commended


Onondaga County Court

            Hon. Stephen J. Dougherty                Commended 

            Hon. Jeffrey Leibo                              Commended

            Matthew Doran, Esq.                          Commended


The Central New York Women’s Bar Association is a professional organization of attorneys of both genders who live and work in central New York, a Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”), and an influential voice on legislative initiatives, judicial nominations, and public policy.  Our members are dedicated to promoting justice in the study, practice, and application of the law, as well as performing much-needed public and community service.