Final Recommendation

William E. Parnall
The Honorable

William E. Parnall

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County
Children's Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge William Parnall’s overall survey results were positive. Attorneys rated him positively in the areas of conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance, being courteous to all participants, being attentive to the proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, and ensuring his personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures. While still reasonably positive, attorneys rated Judge Parnall slightly lower in displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case, exercising sound legal reasoning, and ensuring that his oral decisions are clear and thorough. The court staff rated Judge Parnall positively on behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and respecting court employees regardless of position. While still reasonably positive, the court staff rated Judge Parnall slightly lower on ensuring his personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated Judge Parnall quite positively on all attributes.

Experience & Education: Judge William Parnall was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2007 and elected in November 2008. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from UNM. Prior to his judgeship, Judge Parnell worked as a criminal/juvenile defense attorney for both State and Federal Courts, worked in the City Public Defender’s office, and State Public Defender’s office. Judge Parnall was the Co-Chair for the Tribal/State Judicial Consortium from 2010 to 2014 and is still an active member. His community involvement includes volunteering in the Law-La-Palooza Legal Fair.

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

Attorneys (n=60, 35% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 75% 18% 7%
Fair and Impartial 74% 10% 16%
Knowledgeable of Law 65% 23% 12%
Communication is Clear 71% 18% 11%
Appropriate Demeanor 85% 12% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 88% 11% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=103, 41% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 84% 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 88% 4% 8%
Resource Staff (n=199, 11% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 85% 11% 4%
Fair and Impartial 80% 13% 6%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 77% 17% 6%
Appropriate Demeanor 83% 12% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 83% 10% 8%
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. ‡

Attorney Retain Recommendation Bar ChartCourt Staff Retain Recommendation Bar ChartResource Staff Retain Recommendation Bar Chart

‡ 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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