Judges' Biographies


FOURTH DISTRICT JUVENILE COURT JUDGES


Judges' Biographies

PRESIDING JUDGE MARY NOONAN

PRESIDING JUDGE MARY NOONANJudge Mary T. Noonan was appointed to the Fourth District Juvenile Court in May 2003 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. She serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Noonan received her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1986 and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah in 1986. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Noonan served as division chief of the Utah Attorney General's Office Child Protection Division. She served as the section chief of the southern division of the Child Protection Division from July 1998 through May 2002. From 1994 through 1998, Judge Noonan worked for the Utah Department of Human Services as the director of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services and as the director of the department's Office of Legal Counsel. Judge Noonan has served on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges since September 2003. She is a founding member of the Wasatch/Summit County Children's Justice Center. Judge Noonan is a member of the Utah Court Improvement Project and steering committees for the local family drug court, juvenile drug court, and Division of Child and Family Services rocket docket. 1/07


JUDGE BRENT H. BARTHOLOMEW

JUDGE BRENT H. BARTHOLOMEWJudge Brent H. Bartholomew was appointed to the Fourth District Juvenile Court in October 2013 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Bartholomew served as an attorney in the Office of Guardian ad Litem where he worked since 1997. He also served as an attorney with Utah Legal Services and as an adjunct assistant professor for the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Judge Bartholomew is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. He has served on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Procedure and has served on the Children's Justice Center Advisory Board for Summit and Wasatch counties. Judge Bartholomew earned a Juris Doctorate from the J.Reuben Clark Law School as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in psychology from Brigham Young University. In 2013, Judge Bartholomew received the Outstanding Mentor Award by the Utah State Bar and in 2006 was given a Child Advocate Award by the Utah County Child Abuse Council. 2/14


JUDGE SUCHADA P. BAZZELLE

JUDGE SUCHADA  P. BAZZELLEJudge Suchada P. Bazzelle was appointed to the Fourth District Juvenile Court in January 2007 by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. She serves Utah and Juab counties. Judge Bazzelle graduated from the University of Colorado in 1990 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and received a law degree from Brigham Young University in 1994. Judge Bazzelle worked in private practice from 1994 to 1998, focusing on family law and general litigation. From 1997 to 2000, she served as the Director of Legal Education for Westminster College. Judge Bazzelle began working as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in 1997 and joined the Office of the Guardian ad Litem in August 2000, where she served in the Third District Juvenile Court until her appointment to the bench. She currently conducts a child welfare adult drug court. Judge Bazzelle also served as chair of the Board of Juvenile Court Judges and currently serves as a board member. 9/11


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JUDGE F. RICHARDS SMITH III

JUDGE F. RICHARDS SMITH IIIJudge F. Richards Smith III was appointed to the Fourth District Juvenile Court in November 2012 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He serves Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Smith served as director of the Office of Guardian ad Litem and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) since 2007. Prior to taking on the role as director, Judge Smith was an attorney for that office. Previously, he worked as an attorney for Howard, Lewis & Petersen. Judge Smith earned a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He has served on the Children's Justice Advisory Board, the Standing Committee on Children and Family Law of the Utah Judicial Council, the Statewide Court Improvement Program, and as chair of the Child Fatality Review Committee. Judge Smith was named Child Advocate of the Year in 2004 by the Utah County Abuse Council, and served on the Neighborhood Housing Services of Provo's Board of Directors. He also served on Governor Huntsman's Child and Family Cabinet Council and Lt. Governor Bell's Child Sexual Abuse Workgroup. Judge Smith is board certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. 1/13


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