|Colorado Twentieth Judicial District|
|Past position:||Boulder District Attorney's Office|
|Law School:||University of Colorado School of Law, 1989|
|Candidate for:||Twentieth Judicial District|
|Election information 2012:|
|Retention vote %:||78.89%|
Mallard earned a bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Education before receiving her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1989.
Mallard began her career in 1989 with the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs. She then worked at the Boulder District Attorney's Office from 1991 until her judicial appointment in 2004, where she eventually attained the position of Chief Trial Deputy.
- See also: Colorado judicial elections, 2012
Judicial performance evaluation
The Twentieth 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 Mallard was recommended for retention by an unanimous vote. 
- Official biography of Judge Dolores Mallard
- Colorado Secretary of State, 2012 Official 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, D.D. Mallard