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Elliff, John 2020 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - District Judge

Honorable John Eric Elliff

Retention Year: 2020
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, on a vote of 10-0, unanimously finds that the Honorable John Eric Elliff MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.

The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Elliff, reviewed orders he authored, observed him in court through online proceedings and by listening to recordings, and reviewed survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys who had experience with Judge Elliff.

Those surveyed were asked, “based on your responses to the previous questions related to the performance evaluation criteria, do you think Judge Elliff meets judicial performance standards?”  Of the 22 attorneys responding to the surveys, 83% believe that Judge Elliff meets performance standards and 17% believe he does not meet performance standards.  Judge Elliff received ratings slightly below the statewide average among all District Court judges standing for retention with regard to the areas surveyed: (1) application and knowledge of law, (2) communications, (3) diligence, and (4) demeanor.  He received a rating slightly above the statewide average among all District Court judges standing for retention with regard to (1) fairness.  Overall, the Commission was impressed with Judge Elliff’s performance.

Judge Elliff was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court in 2011.  Before his appointment, he was a partner with Husch Blackwell, LLP.  He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law where he graduated Order of Coif and earned a Bachelor of Science from Washington University in St. Louis.  Judge Elliff volunteers as a mentor for Law School Yes We Can, an organization that mentors students to support greater diversity in the legal profession.

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