Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Drew D. Tatum

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

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Drew Tatum received positive ratings from all groups surveyed for this evaluation. Attorneys rated Judge Tatum quite positively for ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner, being punctual in commencing proceedings, being attentive to proceedings, and for maintaining proper control over the proceedings. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) gave Judge Tatum high scores, especially for being courteous to all participants and behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts. In addition, the court staff gave Judge Tatum almost perfect scores in all areas surveyed.

Experience & Education: Judge Tatum was appointed District Judge in 2007 and elected to district judgeship in 2008. Prior to his appointment, he was a JAG officer, deputy district attorney, and a private practitioner specializing in criminal law, estate planning and probate law. Judge Tatum received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and his law degree from the University of Tulsa in 2000.

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

Attorneys (n=42, 51% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 5% 7%
Fair and Impartial 81% 7% 12%
Knowledgeable of Law 73% 14% 13%
Communication is Clear 78% 12% 10%
Appropriate Demeanor 82% 11% 7%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 5% 2%
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 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 88% 9% 3%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 90% 3% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 7% 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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