Final Recommendation

Lisa Claire Schultz
The Honorable

Lisa Claire Schultz

District Court Judge
3rd Judicial District --
Doña Ana County
Family Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Do Not Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: In this evaluation, Judge Lisa Schultz’s scores from attorneys and court staff were generally lower than the other judges in the 3rd Judicial District. Among attorneys, her scores improved from her prior evaluation; however, she still received low scores for being punctual in commencing proceedings, being prompt in scheduling hearings and trials, displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case, and treating all participants equally. Among court staff, Judge Schultz received poor scores for ensuring that her court staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures and for her overall judicial performance. Judge Schultz received generally positive scores from resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.). Judge Schultz did have a positive evaluation in an observation of her court over a two-day period. Overall, the Commission concluded that Judge Schultz’s low scores among attorneys and court staff and her failure to recognize and address the deficiencies in her judicial performance warrant a recommendation that she not be retained.

Experience & Education: Judge Lisa Schultz was elected as a District Court Judge in November 2006. She hears primarily family court cases and mental health cases. In the past, she has heard criminal, civil and children’s court cases. Prior to her judicial election, she was an attorney for 21 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Johnston College, University of Redlands, M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School, and her law degree from New York Law School in 1985. Judge Schultz was recently certified as the first judge in NM to be a Trauma Informed Trainer, which allows her to teach other judges how to provide more appropriate judicial service to those persons who suffer from mental illness.

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

Attorneys (n=45, 48% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 66% 14% 20%
Fair and Impartial 48% 23% 30%
Knowledgeable of Law 56% 15% 29%
Communication is Clear 61% 17% 23%
Appropriate Demeanor 63% 20% 16%
Properly Controls Proceedings 64% 20% 16%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=49, 67% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 47% 25% 28%
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 57% 11% 31%
Resource Staff (n=48, 11% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 90% 0% 10%
Fair and Impartial 79% 11% 11%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 84% 11% 5%
Appropriate Demeanor 89% 11% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 78% 11% 11%
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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