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Fourth Judicial District - District Judge


Reports:
2008 Retention Survey Report

Honorable Ronald G. Crowder

Retention year: 2008
Recommendation: Retain

The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a unanimous vote that Judge Ronald G. Crowder BE RETAINED.

Background: Judge Crowder was appointed to the District Court in August 2006.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1969, followed by an MBA from the University of Colorado in 1976 and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1978.  He served as an artillery officer with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Germany, and eventually commanded the Colorado National Guard.  In his last assignment before being appointed to the bench, Judge Crowder was the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific.  Prior to his recent time on active duty, Judge Crowder was in private practice.  His first position as an attorney was as a deputy district attorney. Judge Crowder hears family law cases and felonies.

Strengths: Attorneys responding to the survey rated Judge Crowder above average in all categories.  Judge Crowder is active in the community.  He is very concerned with the professional development of attorneys, and through his work with the Inns of Court and with attorneys appearing before him, has made positive contributions in that area.  He also works with the Association of the United States Army and other military/veterans organizations.

Weaknesses: Non-attorneys responding to the survey rated Judge Crowder as below average in all categories.

Recommendation: In making its recommendation, the Commission considered the results of surveys from 30 attorneys and 40 non-attorneys, a self-evaluation by the judge, courtroom observations, written decisions and orders, and an interview with Judge Crowder before the Commission.  On the question of retention, 97% of attorney respondents recommended strongly retain; 3% recommended somewhat retain.  There were no recommendations against retention.  Non-attorney respondents recommended retention, with 83% of respondents choosing either somewhat retain or strongly retain.  Sixteen percent of non-attorney respondents recommended against retention.