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Arkin, Angela 2010 Evaluation


Eighteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge 

Honorable Angela R. Arkin

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain


2010 Retention Survey Report

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The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Angela R. Arkin BE RETAINED.

Judge Arkin graduated from the University of Maryland in 1980 and received her law degree from Emory Law School in 1983. She practiced law in Georgia for ten years. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. Judge Arkin is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She currently serves on the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, the Colorado Judicial Institute Parenting Plan Sub-Committee, is Chair-Elect of the Colorado Bar Association Judicial Liaison Section, and Treasurer of the Colorado District Judges Association. Judge Arkin has been a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of family law, DNA evidence, and jurisdiction.

Judge Arkin was appointed as an Arapahoe County District Court Judge in July of 2002. Prior to her appointment Judge Arkin had been a District Court Magistrate in Arapahoe County with a domestic and juvenile docket. She is currently handling a predominantly domestic docket in Douglas County. Prior to her current assignment, Judge Arkin has served as a District Judge in all four counties in the district, with mixed dockets including criminal, civil, probate, mental health, juvenile, and domestic cases.

Commission members have reviewed attorney and non-attorney surveys, made personal courtroom observations, and heard from citizens, and a wide range of people involved in Judge Arkin’s courtroom. The Commission is impressed with Judge Arkin’s community service as well as the number of articles she has authored and continuing education programs she has presented in the area of family law. The Commission is further impressed by her high attorney survey scores for communication, diligence, and her knowledge of the law. Judge Arkin is committed to hard work, fairness, impartial justice, and following and interpreting the law. She believes strongly in modeling professionalism and ethical behavior.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 95% recommended to retain, 5% not to retain, and 0% expressed no opinion. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 74% recommended to retain, 18% not to retain, and 8% did not express an opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 81% recommended to retain and 20% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)