May 01, 2013 Waymaker

Judge Bill Dressel: An Insightful Educator

By Peter M. Koelling

Judge Bill Dressel has been president of the National Judicial College (NJC or “the College”) in Reno, Nevada, since 2000. He is set to step down from that role at the end of this year. Prior to taking on the leadership of the college, Judge Dressel was a general jurisdiction trial judge in Ft. Collins, Colorado, for more than 22 years. He has been an active member of the ABA and the Judicial Division throughout his legal and judicial careers. He was the principal author of the ABA’s Trial Management Standards adopted by the House of Delegates in 1992. He is a graduate of the University of Denver School of Law and Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

Bill, you have been president of the NJC since 2000. And for 22 years before you were a district court judge in Colorado. I want to ask about your career before you became a judge. What was your legal experience prior to taking the bench?

I was one of those very fortunate law students. I really got introduced to the practice of law by clerking for law firms and the Metropolitan Legal Aid. I worked with their investigator coordinating case reports. It was a key experience because he really told me what was needed to be able to prepare the facts of a case.

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