Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Michelle Castillo Dowler

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2018

Recommendation: Do Not Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Michelle Castillo Dowler’s scores from the surveys were somewhat mixed. Among attorneys surveyed, Judge Castillo Dowler received positive ratings for maintaining control over proceedings and being attentive to proceedings. However, when it comes to treating participants equally, conducting self in a manner free from arrogance, and demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, attorneys rate Judge Castillo Dowler somewhat lower. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers) gave Judge Castillo Dowler positive ratings. The court staff rated her lower in respecting court employees regardless of position and behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts. The Commission also took into account the report from courtroom observers who expressed concern about Judge Castillo Dowler’s demeanor and impartiality.

Experience & Education: Judge Michelle Castillo Dowler was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2014. Her prior work experience includes legal work at the Bernalillo County Attorney’s Office and service as an assistant district attorney in Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County. Judge Castillo Dowler received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 1995 and her law degree from UNM School of Law in 1998.

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

Attorneys (n=57, 50% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 72% 11% 18%
Fair and Impartial 58% 19% 22%
Knowledgeable of Law 75% 14% 11%
Communication is Clear 75% 18% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 58% 11% 30%
Properly Controls Proceedings 91% 7% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=55, 30% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 65% 13% 22%
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 58% 13% 29%
Jurors (n=16, 18% Response Rate)
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 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=51)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 87% 6% 8%
Fair and Impartial 87% 3% 10%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 92% 6% 2%
Appropriate Demeanor 90% 6% 4%
Properly Controls Proceedings 90% 6% 4%
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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