Justice Daniel J. Crothers was born in January 1957 in Fargo, North Dakota. He grew up in West Fargo, American Samoa, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota in 1979 and his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1982. After law school, he clerked for the New Mexico Court of Appeals and worked in a Santa Fe law firm. He moved back to North Dakota, practicing law in several law firms until being appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court in June 2005.
Crothers was president of the State Bar Association of North Dakota from 2001-2002 and has served as a member and chair of several Bar Association and Court committees relating to lawyer and judicial ethics and professional conduct. He currently serves on North Dakota's Committee on Judiciary Standards and chairs the Court Services Administration Committee. He is chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Policy Implementation Committee and member of the ABA Judge Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He is past-chair of and was Special Advisor to the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection and past member of the ABA’s Cybersecurity Task Force.
Crothers is a regular presenter of legal and judicial educational programs throughout the United States and its territories, and is an adjunct faculty member of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He was elected to the Supreme Court in November 2008 to fill an unexpired four-year term and elected in November 2012 to a full ten-year term. He and his wife have two children.
Justice Crothers has served 9 years, 11 months, and 13 days on the Bench as of June 27, 2015.