Judges' Biographies


THIRD DISTRICT JUVENILE COURT JUDGES


Judges' Biographies

PRESIDING JUDGE C. DANE NOLAN

PRESIDING JUDGE C. DANE NOLANJudge C. Dane Nolan was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in May 2003 by Governor Michael O. Leavitt. He serves in the Third Judicial District, which includes Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Nolan received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1986. He practiced law at the Utah Legal Clinic handling family law and civil rights cases from 1986-1989, the Utah Attorney General's Office in the Litigation Division from 1989-1991, and the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office from 1991 to 2003, primarily handling child-sexual-abuse and child-physical-abuse and adult-sexual-assault prosecutions. Judge Nolan was a founding member of the Utah Minority Bar Association and served as the chair of the Judicial Conduct Commission from 2001 to 2002. He served as a member of the Utah Judicial Council from 2002 to 2003. Judge Nolan also served on the Juvenile Court Board of Judges from 2006 to 2011. He currently serves on the Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, the Governor's Mental Health Initiative, the Juvenile Competency Committee, the Supreme Court's Professional Committee, and the Standing Committee on Technology. Since 2007, Judge Nolan has presided over Utah's first Juvenile Mental Health Court. 01/11


ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE MARK W. MAY

ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE MARK W. MAYJudge Mark W. May was appointed to Third District Juvenile Court in July 2007 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge May worked for the Utah Attorney General's Office where he was the division chief of the Child Protection Division. Judge May also worked for the Office of the Guardian ad Litem and the law firm of Moyle & Draper, P.C. Judge May earned a degree in Business Finance from Brigham Young University in 1984 and received his law degree from the University of Utah School of Law in 1989. 8/07


JUDGE CHARLES D. BEHRENS, JR

JUDGE CHARLES D. BEHRENS, JRJudge Charles D. Behrens Jr. was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in 1997 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Previously, Judge Behrens was a prosecutor in the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office, focusing on drug cases and crimes against children. Prior to his judicial appointment, he served as chief deputy district attorney overseeing the Juvenile Division of the District Attorney's Office. Judge Behrens served two years as a member of the Youth Parole Authority and was also a deputy district attorney in Pueblo, Colorado, where he was assigned to the juvenile unit of that office. Judge Behrens earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Denver in 1979. He received a law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1982. Judge Behrens served as a member of the Board of Juvenile Court Judges between 2004 and 2010, including a year as chair. He has co-chaired the Utah Judicial Council's Standing Committee on Children and Family Law and was presiding judge of the Third District Juvenile Court from July 1999 through July 2002. Judge Behrens presently presides over a Family Drug Court. 7/11


JUDGE CHRISTINE S. DECKER

JUDGE CHRISTINE S. DECKERJudge Christine S. Decker was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in August 2004 by Gov. Olene Walker. She serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Decker graduated cum laude in 1971 from Georgetown University in International Relations, and received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975. From 1977 to 1978, she worked as a deputy county attorney in Salt Lake County, and as a bail commissioner for Salt Lake City in 1979. Judge Decker worked in private practice from 1994 to 1997, and as a Guardian ad Litem in Third District Juvenile Court from 1997 to 2002. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Decker was an assistant attorney general in the child protection division. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Good Samaritan Program. 10/06


ANTHONY FERDON

 Commissioner Anthony Ferdon was appointed in the Third District Juvenile Court in December 2006. Prior to this, he worked as a guardian ad litem for the Utah Office of Guardian ad Litem. Commissioner Ferdon also served as a law clerk for Utah Court of Appeals Judge Jim Davis. He received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University and a master's of science degree in Special Education. Commissioner Ferdon received his law degree from the University of Utah Law School. 5/11


JUDGE KIMBERLY K. HORNAK

JUDGE KIMBERLY K. HORNAKJudge Kimberly K. Hornak was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in October 1994 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. She serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Hornak received a law degree from Gonzaga University College of Law in 1983. From 1984 to 1985, Judge Hornak was a staff attorney with Utah Legal Services in Ogden. From 1985 to 1986, she was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society. Judge Hornak was assistant attorney general from 1986 to 1988, and Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney from 1988 until her appointment to the bench. She has taught in the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Utah College of Law and for the paralegal program at Westminster College. She has served on the Court Improvement Committee, the Law Related Education Board, the Standing Committee on Judicial Education, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, the Standing Committee on Judicial Outreach, and the Board of Juvenile Court Judges. Judge Hornak served as the presiding judge in Third District Juvenile Court from 2004 through 2007. She has served on the Sentencing Commission and currently serves on the Utah Judicial Council. In addition, Judge Hornak presides over two drug courts. 9/11


JUDGE RENEE JIMENEZ

JUDGE RENEE JIMENEZJudge Renee Jimenez was appointed to Third District Juvenile Court in May 2013 by Gov. Gary Herbert. She serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Jimenez worked as a section chief for the Utah Attorney General's Office. Judge Jimenez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah and received her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. 6/13


JUDGE ELIZABETH A. LINDSLEY

JUDGE ELIZABETH A. LINDSLEYJudge Elizabeth A. Lindsley was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in September 2002 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. She serves Salt Lake, Tooele, and Summit counties. Judge Lindsley received a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh College of Law in 1990. She served as a law clerk at the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office until 1991, when she became a deputy county/district attorney until appointed to the bench. Prior to her judicial appointment, she prosecuted juvenile delinquency and abuse/neglect cases in Third District Juvenile Court. Judge Lindsley is a member of a number of professional organizations. Currently, Judge Lindsley is a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Utah Rules of Juvenile Procedures, serves as chair of the Education Standing Committee, is a member of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and a member of the Board of Juvenile Court Judges. 9/11


JUDGE JULIE V. LUND

JUDGE JULIE V. LUNDJudge Julie V. Lund was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in November 2010 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. She serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Lund graduated in 1981 from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a B.A. in Political Science and received her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1986. She was employed in a civil litigation practice until 1995, when she joined the Child Protection Division of the Utah Attorney General's office. Judge Lund was named the Attorney of the Year in 2003. She served as division chief for three years prior to her appointment to the bench. Judge Lund has served on the Standing Committee on Child and Family Law and the Salt Lake Children's Justice Center Advisory Board. She is currently vice president of the Board of Trustees for the SJ Quinney College of Law and a member of the executive committee of the Salt Lake County Bar Association. 2/11


JUDGE JAMES R. MICHIE, JR.

JUDGE JAMES R. MICHIE, JR.Judge James R. Michie, Jr. was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in October 2006 by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. Judge Michie serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Michie graduated cum laude in 1986 from the University of Utah with an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and received a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1989. After graduating from law school, Judge Michie was as Associate Attorney with the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll practicing in the area of public finance. He served as a Guardian ad Litem from September 1999 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Michie served on the Children's Justice Center Board for several years. He was appointed to the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice in August 2008. Judge Michie currently serves as the presiding judge for Third District Juvenile Court. 7/11


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