Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Donna J. Mowrer

District Court Judge
9th Judicial District --
Curry and Roosevelt Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Donna Mowrer received positive ratings from all of the groups surveyed. For example, the court staff rated her very highly on all attributes and attorneys gave her high scores for being punctual in commencing proceedings, being attentive to proceedings, and for displaying familiarity with court cases through prior preparation. In addition, the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated her positively in all areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Mowrer was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2011 and won election to that office the following year. She serves as the Drug Court Judge for the district. Prior to her judgeship, she worked in the district attorney's office for 10 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern New Mexico University and her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 2001.

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

Attorneys (n=35, 58% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 73% 16% 11%
Fair and Impartial 66% 15% 19%
Knowledgeable of Law 75% 20% 5%
Communication is Clear 87% 7% 6%
Appropriate Demeanor 83% 8% 9%
Properly Controls Proceedings 92% 5% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=31, 74% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 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 100% 0% 0%
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 95% 5% 0%
Fair and Impartial 87% 10% 3%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 91% 7% 2%
Appropriate Demeanor 93% 4% 2%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 11% 0%
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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