Idaho attorneys rate Gutierrez, Brody highest in Supreme Court race

Sergio Gutierrez and Robyn Brody received the highest marks among attorneys who responded to a survey from the Idaho Bar Association.

Gutierrez, a member of the Idaho Court of Appeals, and Brody, a Rupert attorney, each received an overall mark of 3.58 out of 4 points. Clive Strong, the longtime head of the Natural Resources Division at the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, received a score of 3.27, while Curt McKenzie, a veteran member of the Idaho Senate, received a rating of 1.90.

The survey asks respondents to rate the candidates in four areas: integrity and independence, knowledge and understanding of the law, judicial temperament and demeanor and legal ability and experience.

The four-point rating system has answers for exceeds expectations, above average, average and does not meet expectations.

Gutierrez received his highest marks, 3.68 for judicial temperament and demeanor and 3.62 for integrity and independence.

Brody received ratings of 3.60 for knowledge and understanding of the law and 3.59 for integrity and independence.

Strong received ratings of 3.29 for legal ability and experience and 3.27 each for integrity and independence and judicial temperament and demeanor.

McKenzie received ratings of 2.00 for knowledge and understanding of the law and 1.94 for judicial temperament and demeanor.

A total of 581 attorneys completed the survey out of the 3,806 mailed out to bar members, a 15 percent return rate. The most responses, 311, came from the Fourth Judicial District, which includes Ada, Elmore, Boise and Valley counties.

The ratings do not include responses from lawyers who said they did not know a particular candidate.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell