Judges' Biographies


Judges' Biographies


JUDGE RANDY B. BIRCHJudge Randy B. Birch was appointed to the Heber City Justice Court in September 2010. He received a B.A. from Utah State University and a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1984. Judge Birch previously practice law in Salt Lake City, served as in-house counsel with a Federal contractor, and currently maintains a solo practice. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Birch served for more than 25 years as a small claims judge pro tempore in Salt Lake and Summit counties and on the Board of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL). 9/10


JUDGE W. BRENT BULLOCKJudge W. Brent Bullock was appointed to the Pleasant Grove Justice Court in May, 1991 and to the Lindon Justice Court on July, 1998. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelors' Degree in Law Enforcement Management, a Master of Public Administration Degree and law degree from Brigham Young University, J. Rueben Clark Law School in 1987. He is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice program at Utah Valley University as well as maintaining a part-time law practice. He has served on the Utah State Court Interpreter and Translation Committee and is currently serving on the Detection of Deception Licensing Board.


JUDGE SCOTT J. CULLIMOREJudge Scott J. Cullimore has served as a judge for the Utah County Justice Court for 14 years. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He retired from a career in law enforcement after 20 years of service. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Cullimore worked as a supervisor for the Department of Adult Probation and Parole. He also worked as a correctional officer at the Utah State Prison, a driver's license examiner for the Department of Public Safety, a psychiatric aid at the Utah State Hospital, and a field investigator for the Department of Assistance Payments. Judge Cullimore has taught substance abuse classes for the Utah County Department of Human Services. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Adult Probation and Parole and currently is a member of the Lindon Historic Committee. Judge Cullimore has served on the Lindon City Council and as the Lindon City Mayor. He received the Justice Court Judge of the Year Award in 2003. 4/10


JUDGE DAVID C. DAHLQUISTJudge David C. Dahlquist was appointed to the Payson Justice Court in April 2008. Judge Dahlquist has been actively involved in judicial education and is working to complete a legal studies certificate through the Utah Judicial Institute. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 1975, with a degree in music education and worked for 30 years as choral director at Payson High School before retiring in June 2005. Judge Dahlquist is the founder and musical director of the Payson Civic Chorale and has been actively involved with the Payson Community Theater. 4/11


JUDGE DEBRA L. HAVERONJudge Debra L. Haveron was appointed in 1995 as the Justice Court Judge for the West Millard County Justice Court after having worked as the court clerk since 1991. In 2011, the East and West Millard County Justice Courts were consolidated into one court. Judge Haveron now presides over the Millard County Justice Court with offices in Delta and Fillmore. She has attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and is a graduate of the Legal Institute for Justice Court Judges. Judge Haveron invites students from local elementary schools to visit her courtroom each year to learn about the courts and to conduct a mock trial. She has also conducted outreach programs at the middle and high school levels. Judge Haveron has served as a member of the Board of Justice Court Judges, the Justice Court Education Committee, the Bail Committee, and as an assistant district education director. 5/11


JUDGE DOUGLAS NIELSENJudge Douglas Nielsen was appointed to the Lehi Justice Court in 2013 and the Alpine/Highland Justice Court in 2014. He earned a bachelor degree from Utah State University in 2004 and graduated from Oklahoma City University Law School in 2007. During law school, Judge Nielsen interned for the Oklahoma County Public Defenders Association and the Utah County Public Defenders Association. In 2007, he became an associate at Young, Kester & Petro and in 2010, formed the law firm of Petro & Nielsen where he served until his appointment to the bench. 9/15


JUDGE REED S. PARKINJudge Reed S. Parkin serves the Orem City Justice Court. His initial appointment to the bench was in April 2005. He previously served the Bluffdale, Herriman, and Heber justice courts. Judge Parkin earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in 2004, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 1998, and an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Salt Lake Community College in 1992. He serves as a member of the Utah Judicial Council and has served on the Board of Justice Court Judges. He is an adjunct professor teaching courses in the school of business and criminal justice programs. 10/13




JUDGE STEVAN W. RIDGEJudge Stevan W. Ridge was appointed to the Heber City Justice Court in June 2002 and to the Utah County Justice Court in January 2008. He has served eight years on the bench. Judge Ridge was educated at Utah State University and Weber State University. He is a graduate of the Utah Law Enforcement Academy and the Utah Corrections Academy. For 23 years, Judge Ridge served as a law enforcement officer with the Wasatch County Sheriff's Department and the Utah Department of Corrections. He has completed the Utah Judicial Institute training program and has served two terms as education director for the 4th District Justice Court judges. 4/10




JUDGE VERNON F. ROMNEYJudge Vernon F. Romney was appointed to the Provo City Justice Court bench in July 2007. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English in 1979 and a law degree in 1982. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Romney worked for 22 years in the Provo City attorney's office, at which time he served primarily as lead city prosecutor. Judge Romney has served as president of the Central Utah Bar Association, president of the Utah Municipal Prosecutor's Association, chair of the Fourth District Court's Victim's Rights Committee, as a member of the Utah Domestic Violence Council, and as a member of the training committee for the Utah Prosecution Council. 04/10


JUDGE BROOK SESSIONSJudge Brook Sessions was appointed to the Wasatch County Justice Court in August 2015. Judge Sessions graduated from Utah State University where he majored in business with a specialization in finance and a minor in economics. After graduating from Utah State, he attended law school at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1991 with a J. D. degree. Judge Sessions worked as a clerk for an Oregon Circuit Court judge before returning to Utah where he has worked in private practice since 1992. He represented parties in a wide variety of cases and facilitated case resolution as a mediator. Judge Sessions is admitted in all Utah state and federal courts as well as in the Oregon courts. He is or has been a member of the Utah State Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Bar Association, and the Utah Trial Lawyers Association. When not adjudicating cases in Wasatch County, Judge Sessions continues to mediate family law cases all over the state. 9/15


JUDGE SHERLYNN WHITE FENSTERMAKERJudge Sherlynn White Fenstermaker was appointed to serve as a Judge in the Springville and Mapleton Justice Courts in 2007. She was born in Cedar City, Utah and attended schools in Parowan and Cedar City, Utahs. She graduated from Southern Utah State College in 1975 with a degree in Political Science. Judge Fenstermaker graduated from the J Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1979. She practiced law in Salt Lake City with the firm of Hanson, Russon, Hanson and Dunn from 1979 to 1984. Since 1984 she has been a member of the firm of Ivie and Young in Provo, Utah. From 1985 to 2007, she also worked as the Springville City Prosecutor. Judge Fenstermaker previously served on the Springville Library Board, the Utah County Housing Authority Board and as a member of the Utah County Career Services Council.


JUDGE SHARLA T. WILLIAMSJudge Sharla T. Williams was appointed to Nephi Precinct Court in Juab County in January 1991. In September 2008, Judge Williams was appointed to the Santaquin/Genola/Goshen Justice Court. She attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Judge Williams was given the Honor of "Dedicated Service" in the year 1995. 4/10

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