Deborah A. Coleman assists in creation of non-partisan, voter education initiative: is a service of the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition (JCRC), which is an organization made up of The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, The Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, The Norman S. Minor Bar Association, and The Ohio Women’s Bar Association.

The purpose of is to educate the voters of Cuyahoga County about the qualifications of judicial candidates and eliminate the judicial election “guessing game.”

The ratings on are non-partisan and independent. To determine its ratings, members of its four organizations jointly interview each candidate, review the candidate’s answers to a questionnaire and discuss the candidates and their qualifications. Dozens of experienced lawyers, including many who regularly practice in the courts for which the candidates seek office, participate in each interview and discussion. Among these attorneys is Hahn Loeser’s own Deborah Coleman. Several non-lawyer community representatives participate in the rating process as well. These individuals and their clients have many different perspectives and views, but all agree that they want highly qualified, fair and respectful judges in our courts.

To view these ratings in preparation for the May 4th primary elections, visit