Democratic Party of Monroe County
Working Families Party
I am very grateful at having received the highest rating from the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA) "Exceptionally Well Qualified and Commended."
June 18, 2020: "The Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys ("GRAWA") has met and reviewed your qualifications for Monroe County Surrogate Court Judge. I am pleased to inform you that after careful consideration, you have been rated Exceptionally Well Qualified and Commended for that position. Please note this is a rating, not an endorsement, by GRAWA."
𝐓𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐜, 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬, 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬.
𝐥𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭, 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐭, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝. 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝, 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 "𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝". 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝗩𝗜𝗹𝗹, 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻, 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗶𝗮𝘀.
𝟏. 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞. A Candidate for judicial office shall be a member of the New York State Bar for at least the minimum number of years required for the judicial office sought and have been engaged in the practice or teaching of law, public interest law, or service of the judicial system. Since it is our goal to ensure the election of those Candidates with superior qualifications for the particular judicial office sought. Candidates shall be found "qualified" only if they exceed the minimum requirements of eligibility and competence. A Candidate for re-election shall not be presumed "qualified" merely by having previously held the position.
𝟐. 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲. A Candidate shall be of high moral character and enjoy a general reputation in the community for honesty, ethics, fairness, industry and diligence.
𝟑. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞. Professional competence includes intellectual capacity, professional and personal judgment, industry, writing and analytical ability, knowledge of the law and breadth of professional experience, including courtroom and trial experience.
𝟒. 𝐉𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭. Judicial temperament includes a commitment to equal justice under law, impartiality, lack of any prejudices, courtesy and civility, open-mindedness and compassion, and sensitivity to issues of gender bias.
𝟓. 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐀𝐝𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝/𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲. Service to the law and contribution to the effective administration of justice and/or to the community includes a commitment to improving access to justice to all those within the jurisdiction, and/or to bettering the community. A Candidate's experiences volunteering time for the improvement of the legal system or the bettering of his or her community shall be considered.
𝟔. 𝐈𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡, 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞-𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝: 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬: 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬; 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬, 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥; 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬; 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬; 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭.
The Daily Record has chosen Judge Ciaccio for its Judicial Excellence Award, which honors "an outstanding judge who exemplifies the highest standards of judicial excellence; efficiently, expeditiously and objectively manages cases and dockets; and is respected by, and has the confidence of, other judges, court staff, lawyers and others."