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Geoffrey William Crawford (born July 20, 1954) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont and former Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Geoffrey William Crawford
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont
Assumed office
December 21, 2017
Preceded byChristina Reiss
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont
Assumed office
August 4, 2014
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byWilliam K. Sessions III
Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
In office
October 2013 – August 4, 2014
Appointed byPeter Shumlin
Preceded byBrian L. Burgess
Succeeded byHarold "Duke" Eaton Jr.
Personal details
Born
Geoffrey William Crawford

(1954-07-20) July 20, 1954 (age 65)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic Party
ResidenceBurlington, Vermont
EducationYale University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

BiographyEdit

Crawford was born in 1954 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Burlington, Vermont.[1] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1977 from Yale University. He received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1980 from Harvard Law School. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Albert W. Coffrin of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont from 1980 to 1981. From 1981 to 1984, he was an associate at the law firm of Burlingham, Underwood & Lord in New York City and from 1984 to 1987, he was an associate at the law firm of Manchester & O'Neill in Vermont. From 1987 to 2002, he was a partner at the law firm of O'Neil, Crawford & Green. He served as a judge of the Vermont Superior Court from 2002 to 2013. In 2013 he succeeded Brian L. Burgess as an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, and he served until 2014.[2][3][4]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On May 20, 2014, President Obama nominated Crawford to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, to the seat being vacated by Judge William K. Sessions III, who took senior status on June 15, 2014. Crawford was recommended to President Obama, on March 24, 2014, by Senator Patrick J. Leahy after being evaluated by a nonpartisan Judicial Selection Commission established by Senator Leahy and Senator Bernie Sanders.[5] A hearing on his nomination before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee was held on June 4, 2014.[6] On June 12, 2014 his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[7] On June 19, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. On June 23, 2014 the United States Senate voted 52–32 on the motion to invoke cloture.[8] On Tuesday June 24, 2014 the United States Senate voted 95–0 in favor of final confirmation.[9] He received his judicial commission on August 4, 2014.[4] He took the oath of office during his judicial investiture ceremony on August 12, 2014, and he will maintain chambers in the United States Courthouse in Rutland, Vermont.[10] Crawford was succeeded on the Vermont Supreme Court by Harold "Duke" Eaton Jr.[11] He became Chief Judge on December 21, 2017.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Biography at Vermont Judiciary".
  2. ^ Zind, Steve (September 20, 2013). "Judge Geoffrey Crawford Appointed To Vermont Supreme Court". Vermont Public Radio. Colchester, VT.
  3. ^ "President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Justice Geoffrey W. Crawford to Serve on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont". 19 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Crawford, Geoffrey William – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  5. ^ "Leahy Recommends Vermont Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Crawford For Vermont's Upcoming U.S. District Court Vacancy – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont". www.leahy.senate.gov.
  6. ^ "June 4, 2014: Judicial Nominations". United States Senate.
  7. ^ "Executive Business Meeting" (PDF). United States Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. 12 June 2014.
  8. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 205. United States Senate. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 209. United States Senate. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Crawford Official Sworn in as Federal Judge" Burlington Free Press, August 13, 2014
  11. ^ VTD Staff (October 13, 2014). "Shumlin appoints Windsor judge to Supreme Court". VT Digger. Montpelier, VT.
  12. ^ "Notice of New Chief Judge", District of Vermont, December 21, 2017

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