Second Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable William W. Hood, III
Retention Year: 2010
The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge William W. Hood, III BE RETAINED.
Judge Hood was appointed to the Denver District Court May 14, 2007. Prior to his appointment, Judge Hood was a prosecutor and then in private practice. Judge Hood received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Judge Hood is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Denver Bar Association, a past Denver Bar Association representative to the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association, and has been active in public speaking on a wide range of legal issues.
The Commission reviewed surveys from attorneys, appellate judges, jurors, and parties who appeared before Judge Hood. The Commission also interviewed Judge Hood and reviewed three of his written opinions. Selected members of the Commission observed Judge Hood in court. During his first term Judge Hood has spent 30% of his time in the domestic relations division, 40% of his time in the criminal division, and 30% in the civil division where he is currently serving. He began his term in the domestic relations division and states that he had very little previous exposure in the area of domestic relations. As a result, prior to taking his seat on the bench, Judge Hood completed several courses in domestic relations matters and read extensively on the subject to advance his skills in this area. Judge Hood was highly rated by the attorneys in the areas of case management, overall application and knowledge of the law, communication and demeanor. The non-lawyers surveyed found him to be fair, compassionate, and an effective communicator.
Judge Hood received impressive ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys with higher averages in almost every category compared to all other district court judges. Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 98% recommended to retain, 0% not to retain, and 3% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 100% recommended to retain and 0% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 87% recommended to retain, 6% not to retain, and 7% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 93% recommended to retain and 6% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)