Final Recommendation

Karen L. Townsend
The Honorable

Karen L. Townsend

District Court Judge
11th Judicial District --
McKinley and San Juan Counties
General Jurisdiction Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Karen Townsend’s results from the various groups surveyed were generally positive. For example, attorneys rated Judge Townsend highly for being punctual in commencing proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, for being attentive to the proceedings, and for ensuring personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable. The court staff rated her positively on all attributes. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) gave her generally positive scores.

Experience & Education: Judge Karen Townsend was appointed to the bench in 2006 and works primarily from the San Juan County courthouse in Aztec, NM, specializing in civil, domestic and mental health issues. She received her undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College in Colorado and she received a law degree in 1990 from Syracuse University. Prior to her appointment to the Court, she worked in private practice, as the City Attorney in Aztec, and was the Domestic Violence Hearing Officer for the 11th Judicial District Court.

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

Attorneys (n=55, 33% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 70% 19% 11%
Fair and Impartial 74% 12% 14%
Knowledgeable of Law 71% 17% 12%
Communication is Clear 86% 14% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 87% 4% 10%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=49, 72% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 83% 3% 14%
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 77% 11% 11%
Jurors (n=10, 18% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 12% 0%
Fair and Impartial 89% 10% 1%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 92% 8% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 91% 9% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 88% 12% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=42, 9% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 85% 10% 5%
Fair and Impartial 67% 21% 12%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 71% 24% 5%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 10% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 90% 5% 5%
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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