Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Mary Marlowe Sommer

District Court Judge
1st Judicial District --
Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, and Santa Fe Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer received generally positive ratings. Many of her scores among attorneys and court staff improved since her last evaluation in 2011. Attorneys rate her positively for being punctual in commencing proceedings, being attentive to proceedings, maintaining proper control over proceedings, and for ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner. Among court staff, Judge Sommer was rated positively for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and for ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable. Resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated her positively for maintaining proper control over the proceedings and for ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner.

Experience & Education: Judge Sommer was appointed to the District Court in 2010. Prior to the appointment, she worked as a child support hearing officer, criminal and juvenile defense attorney, and an assistant attorney general for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Judge Sommer received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and her law degree from George Mason School of Law in 1983.

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

Attorneys (n=87, 48% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 83% 12% 5%
Fair and Impartial 73% 18% 9%
Knowledgeable of Law 58% 31% 11%
Communication is Clear 71% 20% 9%
Appropriate Demeanor 69% 18% 13%
Properly Controls Proceedings 84% 12% 4%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=54, 65% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 75% 21% 4%
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 64% 18% 18%
Jurors (n=23, 39% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 99% 1% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 90% 10% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 3% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 96% 4% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 68% 23% 10%
Fair and Impartial 68% 15% 17%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 61% 24% 15%
Appropriate Demeanor 73% 12% 15%
Properly Controls Proceedings 85% 13% 3%
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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