Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Roderick T. Kennedy

Court of Appeals Judge
Statewide

Year: 2012

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: The results of Judge Kennedy's evaluation are somewhat mixed. Judge Kennedy's scores were quite positive among lawyers and other appellate judges for exhibiting appropriate demeanor. He also received positive scores among the court staff and other appellate judges for respecting court employees. However, Judge Kennedy received somewhat lower scores among the court staff and other appellate judges for timeliness of rulings and handling the ongoing workload -- an area in which he also received somewhat lower scores in his 2004 evaluation. Ultimately, the Commission concluded that Judge Kennedy's overall performance is satisfactory and that he is committed to improving in the areas noted above.

Experience & Education: Judge Kennedy was first elected to the bench as a Metropolitan Court Judge in Albuquerque in 1988. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1999, and again in 2001. Prior to assuming the bench in 1988, he worked in private law practice and as an Assistant District Attorney. Judge Kennedy has been involved in a number of professional and civic activities; he has been recognized with several awards for his contributions to the legal profession. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and his law degree from the University of Toledo.

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

Attorneys (n=143, 35.5% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 84% 9% 7%
Fair and Impartial 77% 16% 7%
Knowledgeable of Law 73% 17% 10%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor 80% 16% 4%
Timeliness of Rulings 72% 18% 10%
Handles Ongoing Workload N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=45, 47.4% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 57% 21% 21%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 64% 29% 7%
Respects Court Employees 80% 5% 15%
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 35% 39% 26%
Handles Ongoing Workload 37% 42% 21%
Appellate Judges (n=13, 88% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 67% 25% 8%
Fair and Impartial 69% 23% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law 73% 27% 0%
Respects Court Employees 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 83% 17% 0%
Timeliness of Rulings 36% 36% 27%
Handles Ongoing Workload 36% 45% 18%

* 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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