Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Rachel Irene Walker Al-Yasi

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Do Not Retain

Election Results: Not Retained

Evaluation: Judge Walker Al-Yasi received low scores in all areas surveyed. Among attorneys, she scored poorly, particularly in judicial demeanor on the bench, arrogance, treating participants equally, displaying a sense of fairness, exercising sound legal reasoning, and communicating oral decisions in a clear, thorough and logical manner. In addition, her scores among the court staff were somewhat lower than the other judges in Metro Court. Judge Walker Al-Yasi received an interim evaluation in 2008 and the Commission made recommendations for improvement. Despite the suggested recommendations for improvement, her scores declined further in 2010. After considering the survey results, the court observations, and her interview, the Commission concluded that her lack of improvement from 2008 to 2010 reflects a lack of dedication to improving her performance on the bench.

Experience & Education: Judge Rachel Walker Al-Yasi was elected to the position in November 2006. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was employed as an assistant district attorney. She serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Judge Walker Al-Yasi earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and her law degree from St. Mary's Law School.

PERCENTAGE THAT AGREE OR DISAGREE THAT THE JUDGE EXHIBITS POSITIVE QUALITIES IN EACH CATEGORY *

Attorneys (n=186, 79.8% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 37% 26% 37%
Fair and Impartial 31% 23% 46%
Knowledgeable of Law 37% 26% 37%
Communication is Clear 29% 28% 43%
Appropriate Demeanor 26% 23% 50%
Properly Controls Proceedings 38% 33% 29%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=56, 57.7% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 44% 27% 29%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Properly Controls Proceedings N/A N/A N/A
Respects Court Employees 58% 22% 20%
Jurors (n=9, 22% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 89% 0% 11%
Fair and Impartial 88% 3% 9%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 94% 3% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 88% 0% 12%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 0% 11%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A

* On the tables above, the "Agree" columns are comprised of the strongly agree and agree responses. Similarly, the "Disagree" columns are comprised of the strongly disagree and disagree responses. The combined percentage of "Agree", "Disagree", and "Partly Agree/Partly Disagree" for each category may not equal 100% due to rounding error. "N/A" indicates that the category is "not applicable" because some populations were not asked certain questions.

 

PERCENTAGE THAT RECOMMEND THE JUDGE BE RETAINED OR NOT BE RETAINED IN OFFICE. ‡

‡ On the charts above, the "Retain" columns are comprised of the strongly recommend retain and somewhat recommend retain responses. Similarly, the "Do Not Retain" columns are comprised of the strongly recommend not retain and somewhat recommend not retain responses.

 

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