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Fifth Judicial District - Eagle County Judge


Reports:
2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report
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Honorable Katharine T. Sullivan

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Fifth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Katharine T. Sullivan BE RETAINED, with one member absent.

Judge Sullivan attended Syracuse University for her undergraduate degree, attended one year of post graduate school at Albany Law School, and graduated from George Washington University Law School.  Judge Sullivan has worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the State of New York in civil litigation, Deputy District Attorney in the Ninth Judicial District of Colorado, and then in private practice.  She was appointed to Eagle County Court in September, 2006.   Judge Sullivan's community activities include speaking to 5th and 6th grade students about the effects of bullying.  She also speaks to police agencies about testifying effectively. 

Judge Sullivan has read the survey results and has proactively taken steps to improve on areas with negative feedback, including making a specific time each day for advisements, which ultimately saves time for numerous other people involved.   She has taken classes in the last four years to remain current and to improve her knowledge of the law.  Judge Sullivan is very sensitive and conscious of the Victims Rights Amendment.  The Commission was impressed with the Addiction Court in Eagle County, which Judge Sullivan started three years ago.  She is clearly passionate and committed to the success of this program, and is presiding over the Addiction Court in addition to her large caseload.  The Commission commends Judge Sullivan on her positive growth in the past four years as well as her efforts to identify and address issues and negative perceptions. 

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 73% recommended to retain, 21% not to retain, and 5% were undecided or didn't have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 78% recommended to retain and 22% not to retain.  Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 77% recommended to retain, 13% not to retain, and 10% were undecided or didn't have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 85% recommended to retain and 15% not to retain.  (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)