Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Karen L. Parsons

District Court Judge
12th Judicial District --
Lincoln and Otero Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Karen Parsons received positive ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys. Attorneys rated her highly for being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, punctuality in commencing proceedings, and ensuring personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures. She received positive ratings from the court staff for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and respecting court employees regardless of position. In addition, the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated Judge Parsons highly in all areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Karen Parsons was appointed to the District Court in February 1997 and was elected to such position the following year. Prior to her appointment as District Judge, she worked in private law practice for over 18 years, specializing in family law issues and personal injury litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University and her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1978.

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

Attorneys (n=56, 58% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 87% 7% 5%
Fair and Impartial 77% 16% 7%
Knowledgeable of Law 84% 13% 3%
Communication is Clear 83% 16% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 2% 1%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 9% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=20, 63% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 83% 8% 8%
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 83% 8% 8%
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 100% 0% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 96% 4% 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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