R. Michael Mullins
|R. Michael Mullins|
|Colorado Second Judicial District|
|Past position:||Attorney, private practice|
|Undergraduate:||St. Louis University|
|Law School:||University of Colorado Law School|
|Candidate for:||Second Judicial District|
|Election information 2012:|
|Retention vote %:||76.16%|
Mullins graduated from St. Louis University and then received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1975.
Mullins worked in the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender for a few years before joining the Litigation Section of the Colorado Attorney General's Office. There he specialized in appellate cases and worked in the Division of Hearing Officers. He has also worked as a private practice lawyer in Denver, dealing with worker's compensation, criminal and administrative law.
- See also: Colorado judicial elections, 2012
Judicial performance evaluation
The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance announced its recommendations for judges up for retention in 2012. According to its website, the commission evaluates judges based on the following criteria: integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, and administrative performance.
Criticism of process
There are critics of the state's method for evaluating judges. The most common complaint is that the evaluations are simply "rubber stamps" for judges standing for retention. To learn more about this viewpoint, read: The Denver Post, "Evaluating the performance of justices," February 15, 2010.
Judge Mullins was recommended for retention by an unanimous vote. 
- Official biography of Judge R. Michael Mullins
- Colorado Secretary of State, Unofficial General Election Results
- Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, Press Release: Judge Evaluations Available on Internet August 7 (dead link)
- Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, R. Michael Mullins