Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) – Western New York Chapter

Rating:  OUTSTANDING (highest available)


Judge Whalen is honored to have received a rating of Outstanding from Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY).  WBASNY conducts a rigorous and thorough evaluation of judicial candidates, resulting in an overall rating of Outstanding, Highly Qualified, Qualified, or Not Recommended.  The ratings are based on competence in four categories: Judicial Temperament, Legal Reasoning Ability, Experience for the Position Sought, and Commitment to Women’s Issues and Community Issues.

As part of the detailed written application, Judge Whalen consented to allowing the WBASNY Judicial Committee to contact his educational institutions, the Grievance or Ethics Committee, the Judiciary or Relations Committee, the Commission on Judicial Conduct, as well as any other disciplinary or regulatory body or agency to ensure a thorough background investigation.  Judge Whalen also submitted three judicial writing samples and participated in an in-person interview with the WBASNY Judiciary Committee.