06.12.14

Leahy Steers Crawford Nomination Through Senate Judiciary Committee

. . . Vermont Supreme Court Justice Would Fill Vermont’s Upcoming District Court Vacancy . . . Nomination Now Goes To Full Senate

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, June 12, 2014) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday secured unanimous bipartisan committee approval of the nomination of Vermont Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Crawford for an upcoming vacancy on Vermont’s U.S. District Court.

Crawford earned unanimous support by the committee for his nomination to fill the vacancy that will occur this weekend, on June 15, when Judge William Sessions takes senior status.  Leahy, who recommended Justice Crawford to the White House and presided over his confirmation hearing last week, welcomed the committee’s timely and unanimous approval for the nomination.

Leahy said, “Justice Crawford has earned a great reputation from his long service on the state trial court and he was recently elevated to our Supreme Court.  I recommended him to the President because he is thoughtful, brilliant, and appreciates the impact that the courts have on the communities they serve.  I’ve moved his nomination promptly through the confirmation process so the transition on Vermont’s District Court can be as smooth as possible.  I appreciate the cooperation on this that I have received from Senator Grassley and other members of the committee.”

Crawford’s nomination now goes to the full Senate for consideration.  While the U.S. District Court in Vermont is at full strength with two active judges currently serving, Leahy pressed the committee to promptly consider Crawford’s nomination to ensure the court will not miss a step during the transition.

Justice Crawford, of Burlington, was born in 1954.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Yale and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1980.  From 1980 to 1981 he served as a law clerk to Hon. Albert W. Coffrin for the U.S. District Court, for the District of Vermont. From 1981 to 1984 he was an associate at Burlingham, Underwood & Lord in New York City.  From 1984 to 1987 he was an associate at Manchester & O'Neill.  In 1987 he and Jerome F. O'Neill formed the firm of O'Neill, Crawford & Green, where he practiced until 2002.  In November 2002 he was appointed as a Vermont Superior Court judge by Governor Howard Dean.  In October 2013 he was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court by Governor Peter Shumlin.  He and his wife have raised five children.

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