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Gomez, Monica 2010 Evaluation


Eighteenth Judicial District - Douglas County Court Judge 

Honorable Monica J. Gomez

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain


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The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Monica J. Gomez BE RETAINED.

Judge Gomez earned her undergraduate degree fromthe University of Northern Colorado. In 1992, the she earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico Law School. Judge Gomez was appointed to the Douglas County Court in 2007. She has served as an assistant professor of legal writing and as an adjunct professor of basic criminal procedure at the University of Denver. She has mentored high school students in moot court competitions. Additionally, Judge Gomez has served as president of the Hispanic Bar Association in El Paso County.

Judge Gomez served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Gilbert Martinez. For eight plus years she served the Fourth and Eighteenth Judicial Districts in the capacities of Public Defender and Assistant Attorney General. She also served in private practice. After serving with distinction as El Paso County Drug Court Magistrate, Judge Gomez was appointed to the Douglas County bench of Colorado’s Eighteenth Judicial District in 2007. Judge Gomez presently presides over a criminal court docket. Judge Gomez believes in fairness and administers this value in her court.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Gomez from attorneys and non-attorneys, as well as a written self-evaluation. A personal interview of Judge Gomez was conducted by the Commission, and members of the Commission observed Judge Gomez in the courtroom. The Commission was impressed that Judge Gomez’s performance exceeded the Eighteenth Judicial District’s judicial performance average in all categories when non-attorney surveys were examined. Further, the Commission was impressed with Judge Gomez’s clear presentation of issues and supporting case law reflected in her written orders.

The Commission finds that Judge Gomez is an excellent judge, who is serving honorably, diligently, and is a credit to the legal profession.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 78% recommended to retain, 13% not to retain and 9% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 86% recommended to retain and 14% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 85% recommended to retain, 6% not to retain, and 9% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 93% recommended to retain and 6% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)