The election is not until March 24, but the lawyers have already spoken. Local attorneys gave two of their own the nod for judicial elections in a New Orleans Bar Association poll made public Tuesday.

Although the poll was not scientific, it does suggest how the lawyers who know their colleagues' work the best view the candidates for open 4th Circuit Court of Appeal and Orleans Parish Civil District Court judgeships.

The survey found that 60 percent of attorneys supported Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman in the appeals court race. That compared to 39 percent support for her opponent, Clerk of Civil District Court Dale Atkins.

Meanwhile, private practitioner Richard Perque claimed 57 percent support in the campaign for Civil District Court.

First City Clerk of Court Ellen Hazeur, who is also a former city councilwoman, came in second with 35 percent. Solo practitioner Taetrece Harrison garnered 2 percent support.

The bar association stressed that the poll was not an endorsement of any candidate. 248 bar members responded to the poll.

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