Eighteenth Judicial District - Douglas County Judge
Honorable Lawrence Bowling
Retention Year: 2018
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously (10-0) agrees that Judge Lawrence Bowling MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.
Judge Bowling was appointed to the Douglas County Court in August 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, an Assistant County Attorney in Jefferson County and a Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District. He received his law degree from the University of Denver in 1993 after earning an undergraduate degree from Colorado Technical College in 1981.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Bowling, reviewed opinions he authored, observed him in court, reviewed comments received from interested parties during the evaluation, and reviewed survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys who had experience with him. Among the survey questions was, "Based on your responses to the previous questions related to the performance evaluation criteria, do you think Judge Bowling meets judicial performance standards?" Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 96% answered yes, meets performance standards and 4% answered no, does not meet performance standards. Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 95% answered yes, meets performance standards and 5% answered no, does not meet performance standards. Twenty-six attorneys and fifty-seven non-attorneys responded to the judicial performance surveys expressing their opinions of Judge Bowling’s performance.
Judge Bowling is currently handling a civil docket in Douglas County. Based on the Commission's overall evaluation, Judge Bowling has demonstrated he meets or exceeds performance standards in all categories. Judge Bowling received extremely high marks in all areas. He was described as having excellent case management and as being knowledgeable about the law, reasonable, fair, compassionate, and extremely respectful of those who appear before him. Based on these findings, the Commission unanimously agreed that Judge Bowling meets judicial performance standards.