Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Gerard J. Lavelle

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Gerard Lavelle scored quite positively among each of the groups surveyed. Among attorneys, Judge Lavelle scored very highly for being punctual in commencing proceedings, displaying familiarity with the cases through prior preparation, and for being attentive to the proceedings before him. Judge Lavelle also scored very highly among attorneys for ruling on cases in a timely manner, for being able to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters, and for maintaining proper control over the proceedings. The court staff scored Judge Lavelle very highly for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and for respecting all court employees regardless of position.

Experience & Education: Judge Lavelle was appointed District Judge in 2009. Prior to his appointment, Judge Lavelle was in private practice, where he specialized in family law. Judge Lavelle additionally worked as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society and served as law clerk to two family court judges. Judge Lavelle received his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton and his master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska. Judge Lavelle received his law degree from the University of Nebraska School of Law in 1980.

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

Attorneys (n=137, 32% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 89% 8% 3%
Fair and Impartial 80% 13% 7%
Knowledgeable of Law 87% 11% 2%
Communication is Clear 85% 11% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 83% 11% 6%
Properly Controls Proceedings 97% 2% 1%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=140, 44% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 96% 4% 0%
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 93% 7% 0%

* 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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