Geoffrey Crawford

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Geoffrey Crawford
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Vermont
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   95-0
Active:   6/24/2014-Present
Preceded by:   William Sessions
Past post:   Vermont Supreme Court
Past term:   2013-2014
Past post 2:   Judge, Vermont Superior Court
Past term 2:   2002-2013
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Ann Arbor, Michigan
Undergraduate:   Yale University, 1977
Law School:   Harvard Law School, 1980

Geoffrey Crawford is federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. On May 19, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Crawford to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.[1] The United States Senate confirmed Crawford on June 24, 2014, on a vote of 95-0.[2]

Prior to joining the federal judiciary, Crawford was an associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. He was appointed to this position by Governor Peter Shumlin on September 20, 2013, to replace retired Justice Brian Burgess. He was sworn in on October 16, 2013, and his term expired in 2014 when he was elevated to the federal bench.[3][4][5][6]


Crawford received his B.A. from Yale University, graduating cum laude in 1977, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1980.[4][1]

Professional career

Crawford has also worked as an unpaid prep cook for two Burlington, Vermont restaurants, the now closed The Iron Wold from 2000 to 2001 and The Blue Bird Tavern for four months in 2013.[8]

Judicial career

District of Vermont

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Geoffrey Crawford
 Court:District of Vermont
 Progress:Confirmed 35 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:May 20, 2014
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:June 4, 2014
ApprovedAReported:June 12, 2014 
ApprovedAConfirmed:June 24, 2014
 Vote: 95-0

President Barack Obama nominated Geoffrey Crawford to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont on May 19, 2014. Crawford was nominated to fill the future vacancy of William K. Sessions, who plans to take senior status in June of 2014. President Obama on the nomination:

I am proud to nominate Justice Crawford to serve on the United States District Court bench. Justice Crawford has a long and distinguished record of service, and I am confident he will serve on the federal bench with distinction.[1][9]

Reactions to the nomination

The President sees in Justice Crawford what I, the members of the merit commission, and all Vermonters have come to know about him. He is a fine jurist in the finest Vermont tradition, and he is committed to the highest standards of public service. I look forward soon to bringing Justice Crawford before the Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing.


—Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), [10]

The American Bar Association rated Crawford Unanimously Well Qualified for the nomination.[11]

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for Crawford on June 4, 2014. At the hearing Crawford was asked about his stances drug courts in Vermont and their effectiveness. Crawford addressed the question:

We've seen real change in people's behaviors, in their ability to support their families, in their ability to return to the rest of us as honest citizens. It is that group that I think can be directed towards treatment, directed towards drug-court-type programs, which are no walk in the park.[12][9]

The Senate Judiciary Committee reported Crawford to the full Senate on June 12, 2014, by a voice vote.[13] The United States Senate confirmed Crawford on June 24, 2014, on a vote of 95-0.[2] The time from nomination to confirmation, 35 days, was one of the fastest in the last decade.[14]

On the confirmation

He's a well-grounded Vermonter and a good fit for Vermont and our federal court. I appreciate the bipartisan cooperation that has helped me steer his nomination through this intricate process in pretty much record time. His prompt confirmation will ease the transition.


Patrick Leahy (D-VT), [15]

Awards and associations


  • 2014: Dismas of Vermont, Rev. Jack Hickey Award
  • 2008: Mercy Connections, Catherine McAuley Award
  • 2008: Howard Center, Thibodeau-Wall Award for Community Service
  • 1978-1980: Harvard Law School, Board of Student Advisors
  • 1978-1980: Harvard Law School, Student Funded Fellowships
  • 1977: Yale College, Department Honors in English
  • 1976-1977: Yale College, Scroll and Key Society


  • 2014 Vermont Supreme Court Liaison Member, Vermont Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules
  • 2014 Vermont Supreme Court Liaison Member, Vermont Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Criminal Oversight
  • 2013-Present: Central Vermont Inns of Court
  • 2010-Present: Board Member, New England Organ Bank
  • 2013-Present: Vice-Chair
  • 2010-Present: Board Member, Dismas of Vermont
  • 2012-2013: Board President
  • 2009-2013: Vermont Judicial Conduct Board
  • 2008: Burlington Committee on Open Government
  • 2003-2011: Vermont Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure
  • 2002-2014: Vermont Trial Judges Association
  • 2003-2004: Central Vermont Inns of Court
  • 1993-2002: Fletcher Free Library
  • 1996-2002: Chair
  • 1993-1996: Board Member
  • 1991-1993: Board Member, Green Mountain Audubon Society
  • 1989-2002: Burlington Tennis Club
  • 1984-2002: Vermont Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1984-2002: American Bar Association
  • 1984-2002: American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1986-1990: State Delegate
  • 1981-2002: Vermont Bar Association
  • 1981-1984: American Maritime Law Association
  • 1981-1984: New York Bar Association[8]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The White House, "President Obama Announce Intent to Nominate Justice Geoffrey W. Crawford to Serve on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont," May 19, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 United States Senate, "On the Nomination (Confirmation Geoffrey W. Crawford, of Vermont, to be U.S. District Judge)," accessed June 24, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Valley News, "Crawford Named to Vt. Supreme Court Court," September 21, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 - Governor Peter Shumlin, "Gov. Shumlin Appoints Judge Geoffrey Crawford to Supreme Court," September 20, 2013 (dead link)
  5. News Daily, "New Vt. Supreme Court justice seeks reconciliation," October 16, 2013
  6., "Vermont Supreme Court's Newest Justice, Geoffrey Crawford, Sworn In," October 16, 2013
  7. Seven Days, "A Kinder Court," December 6, 2006
  8. 8.0 8.1 Senate Judiciary Committee, "Questionnaire for the Nominee, accessed June 12, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Burlington Free Press, "Obama makes Crawford’s judicial nomination official," May 19, 2014
  11. American Bar Association, "Ratings of Article III Judicial Nominees," accessed June 3, 2014
  12. Burlington Free Press, "Crawford promotes drug courts at Senate hearing," June 4, 2014
  13. Senate Judiciary Committee, "Results of Executive Business Meeting - June 12, 2014," June 12, 2014
  14. Burlington Free Press, "Leahy pushes through quick confirmation for Crawford," June 21, 2014
  15. Burlington Free Press, "Senate unanimously confirms Crawford," June 24, 2014
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William Sessions
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