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PRESIDING JUDGE ROYAL I. HANSEN

PRESIDING JUDGE ROYAL I. HANSENJudge Royal I. Hansen was appointed to the Third District Court in July 2003 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Hansen received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975. He was a law clerk for Judge Frank Q. Nebeker of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals from 1975 to 1976. Judge Hansen practiced with the law firm of Moyle & Draper from 1976 to 2003. He was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Utah. Judge Hansen is the Presiding Judge of the Third District Court. The Utah State Bar selected Judge Hansen as the Judge of the Year in 2012. He currently serves as the chair of the Judicial Council's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and as a member of the Utah Supreme Court Committee on Civility and Professionalism and the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council. Judge Hansen previously served as the Associate Presiding Judge of the Third District Court, as a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, as an examiner with the Bar Examiner Review Board of the Utah State Bar, and as a Commissioner on the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission. Judge Hansen is the founding judge of the South Valley Felony Drug Court. He is a member of the Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court. 8/12


ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE CONSTANDINOS HIMONAS

ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE CONSTANDINOS  HIMONASJudge Constandinos "Deno" Himonas was appointed to the Third District Court in June 2004 by Gov. Olene Walker. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Himonas graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Utah in 1986 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1989. Upon graduating from law school, Judge Himonas returned to Utah and spent 15 years working as a litigator for the law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook, and McDonough, where he focused on complex civil litigation. Judge Himonas is a past chairperson of the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar. He currently serves on the Code of Judicial Conduct Committee and the Criminal Jury Instructions Committee. 09/09


COMMISSIONER KIM LUHN

 


JUDGE ROBERT W. ADKINS

JUDGE ROBERT W. ADKINSJudge Robert W. Adkins was appointed to the Third District Court in March 2005 by Gov. Olene Walker. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. In 1971, Judge Adkins volunteered as a law clerk for Third District Court Judge D. Frank Wilkins. He received his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1972. Judge Adkins worked at the Salt Lake County Attorney's Office, Roe & Fowler law office, Adkins and Christiansen law office, and was the Summit County attorney from 1975 until his appointment to the bench. He is a past member of the National District Attorney's Association and is a member of the Utah State Bar and the Salt Lake County Bar. He served 10 years as a small claims court judge in Summit County. Since 2006, he has served on the Salt Lake County Children's Justice Center Advisory Board. 9/09


JUDGE CHARLENE BARLOW

JUDGE CHARLENE BARLOWJudge Charlene Barlow was appointed to the Third District Court in October 2010 by Governor Gary Herbert. She serves Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties. Judge Barlow graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University and taught high school and junior high school English before entering law school. Judge Barlow received a juris doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University in 1981, and was in private practice in Orem for 18 months. She was a criminal prosecutor for Orem City, Provo City, and Utah County before joining the Utah Attorney General's Office in August 1988. Judge Barlow was an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division for five years during which time she was admitted to practice before the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She worked on several capital cases while in the appellate division. She transferred to the Consumer Rights Division and served as division chief for eight years. With a new administration in the Attorney General's Office, she transferred to the Financial Crimes Unit of the Criminal Division in 2003. There she prosecuted several high profile fraud cases. She is currently assigned to the West Jordan Court where she handles criminal, domestic, landlord/tenant, debt collection, and minor civil cases. 10/11


JUDGE KATHERINE BERNARDS-GOODMAN

JUDGE KATHERINE BERNARDS-GOODMANJudge Katherine Bernards-Goodman was appointed to the Third District Court in June 2010 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. She serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Bernards-Goodman graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1989. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Bernards-Goodman worked as an assistant division chief for the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office where she supervised 15 attorneys and prosecuted drug and homicide cases. She has served as a member of the Interstate Compact Commission Committee and as a board member of the Statewide Association of Prosecutors. Judge Bernards-Goodman has also served as a member of the Salt Lake County Commission on Youth Committee, on the Utah State Bar's Courts and Judges Committee, and on the Utah Domestic Violence Advisory Committee as a member of the Government Affairs Committee. 12/10


JUDGE JAMES T. BLANCH

JUDGE JAMES T. BLANCHJudge James T. Blanch was appointed to the Third District Court in August 2012 by Governor Gary Herbert. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Blanch received a bachelor's degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 1990, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated cum laude with a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in 1993. From 1993 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Blanch practiced law at the Salt Lake City firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer, maintaining a broad civil litigation practice, including both trial and appellate work. He has worked as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law and is a past president of both the Salt Lake County Bar Association and the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II American Inn of Court. Judge Blanch has been a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure since 1999 and is one of the initial members of the Utah Pro Bono Commission. 8/12


JUDGE ANN BOYDEN

JUDGE ANN BOYDENJudge Ann Boyden was appointed to the Third District Court in October 1997 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. She serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. The bulk of her calendar involves criminal felony cases heard in both the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake County and the Silver Summit Courthouse in Summit County. She addressed criminal calendars in the Tooele County Courthouse from 2001-2002. Currently, Judge Boyden serves in the Third District's pilot Early Case Resolution calendar. She presided over the Domestic Violence Court in the Third District from 2000 to 2002. Judge Boyden received her undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Utah College of Education, and a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1987. She was a deputy district attorney for Salt Lake County from 1987 to 1997. She was a member of the Council for Special Education for the Salt Lake City School District from 1987 to 1989, and the Salt Lake County Children's Justice Center Advisory Board from 2000 to 2006. Judge Boyden continued serving on the Utah State Children's Justice Center Advisory Board until 2008. She also served on the first Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professionalism and the Uniform Fine and Bail Schedule Committee. 8/11


COMMISSIONER T. PATRICK CASEY

 Commissioner T. Patrick Casey has served as a commissioner in the Third District Court from 1992 through the present. Since 1995, Commissioner Casey has been involved exclusively in domestic relations and mental health matters. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981, and practiced law with the firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer until his appointment to the bench. 5/11


JUDGE SU J. CHON

JUDGE SU J. CHONJudge Su J. Chon was appointed to the Third District Court in August 2012 by Governor Gary Herbert. She serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Chon graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in English in 1991, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1994. Judge Chon has a broad range of experience in nonprofit legal services work, small companies, small and large law firms, and government. She practiced at the firms of Taylor, Adams, Lowe & Hutchinson, and Callister Nebeker & McCullough. At the time of her appointment to the bench, Judge Chon served the State of Utah in the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman. Judge Chon has been involved in career opportunities and mentoring activities for law students and lawyers through the Utah Minority Bar Association. She was awarded the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award in 2005, and the Raymond S. Uno Award in 2008 by the Utah State Bar. Judge Chon was elected as Bar Commissioner for the Utah State Bar in 2010. She serves on various committees with the Bar Commission, and is the co-chair of the Modest Means Committee. 9/12


JUDGE TERRY L. CHRISTIANSEN

JUDGE TERRY L. CHRISTIANSENJudge Terry L. Christiansen was appointed to the Third District Court in July 2000 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. He received his law degree from the University of Utah School of Law in 1975. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Christiansen was the chief deputy Summit County attorney, a Park City prosecutor, and was in private practice with the law firm of Adkins & Christiansen. Judge Christiansen started his legal career with the law firm of Roe & Fowler in Salt Lake City. Judge Christiansen has 25 years experience as a private attorney and more than 20 years experience as both a county attorney and city prosecutor. He also served 10 years as a small claims judge. Judge Christiansen serves on the State Court's Grand Jury Committee, the State Law Library Committee, and the Third District Administrative Committee. He is a former member of the Board of District Court Judges, the Utah Sentencing Commission, and the Utah Sexual Violence Council. 9/11


JUDGE LEON ANTHONY DEVER

JUDGE LEON ANTHONY DEVERJudge L.A. Dever was appointed to the Third District Court in August 1995. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Dever received a law degree from the University of Houston Law School in 1975. His first position was with the firm of Stephens & Associates in Houston. He moved to Salt Lake and in 1976 as a solo practitioner, and then worked as a prosecutor from 1978 to 1982 in the Salt Lake County Attorney's office. He was a partner in the Vernal law firm of McRae & DeLand from 1982 to 1987. Judge Dever accepted a position as Assistant Attorney General and for the next eight years served in several capacities in the Attorney General's Office, including that of Deputy Solicitor General. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Dever was serving as Chief of the Public Affairs Division in the Attorney General's Office. 9/09


JUDGE ROBERT P. FAUST

JUDGE ROBERT P. FAUSTJudge Robert P. Faust was appointed to the Third District Court in January 2007 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Faust received a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University in 1982. After graduation, Judge Faust joined the law firm of Nielsen & Senior as an associate and shareholder where he had a diverse litigation practice until 1996. At that time he established a solo practice and became counsel for the United States Postal Service. In 1999, Judge Faust became a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Utah. He was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and has served on the Utah Supreme Court Ethics & Discipline Committee and Utah Supreme Court Task Force on Bar Governance Issues. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Faust served as president of the Federal Bar Association and has been a member of the Federal Bar Association National Council and Federal Bar Foundation; American Trial Lawyers Association; American Bar Association Litigation, Real Property and Estate Planning Sections, and of the Utah State Bar Litigation Section, Courts and Judges Committee, Natural Resources Section, Real Property Section, Continuing Legal Education Committee and Mid-Year Meeting Committee. Judge Faust has also served on the Advisory Board for Foster Care, Division of Family Services, and as Judge Pro Tempore, Third Judicial Circuit Court of Salt Lake County. 12/06


JUDGE RYAN M. HARRIS

JUDGE RYAN M.  HARRISJudge Ryan M. Harris was appointed to the Third District Court in August 2011 by Governor Gary Herbert. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Harris graduated magna cum laude and with University honors from Brigham Young University in 1995, and graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1998. Upon graduating from law school, Judge Harris served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Stephen H. Anderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Judge Harris practiced law in Salt Lake City at the firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough, where in addition to maintaining a civil trial practice he also served on the firm's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Judge Harris also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law. Prior to his appointment to the Third District Court, Judge Harris served as a small claims judge for eight years. Judge Harris is a past chairperson of the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar. 11/11


JUDGE ELIZABETH A. HRUBY-MILLS

JUDGE ELIZABETH A. HRUBY-MILLSJudge Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills was appointed to the Third District Court in August 2011 by Governor Gary Herbert and took the bench in December 2011. She serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Hruby-Mills received a juris doctorate from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1993. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1984 and earned a master's degree in counseling from the University of Vermont in 1986. Judge Hruby-Mills worked as an emergency services social worker and counselor for children before attending law school. She was a partner at the law firm of Richard Brandt Miller Nelson in Salt Lake City where she practiced from 1993 through 2011. Judge Hruby-Mills served in leadership roles on the Legal Aid Board, "And Justice for All," as well as other numerous community and legal boards and committees. 1/12


JUDGE KEITH A. KELLY

JUDGE KEITH A. KELLYJudge Keith A. Kelly was appointed to the Third District Court in November 2009 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Kelly graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in 1981 and with a master's degree in 1982, both in economics from Brigham Young University. He then received a juris doctorate degree from Stanford Law School in 1985, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Monroe G. McKay, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Kelly practiced law at the firm of Ray Quinney & Nebeker for 23 years. He has served since 1998 as a member of the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and as chairman of the Utah Judicial Council's Oversight Committee for the Office of the Guardian Ad Litem. He formerly served as president of the Utah State Bar's Young Lawyers Division and Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Judge Kelly has served as chair of the boards of trustees of the Disability Law Center, the Utah Parent Center, and for "And Justice for All." He has served as president of the Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court. Judge Kelly currently serves as a member of the Utah State Advisory Board on Children's Justice. 3/11


JUDGE JOHN PAUL KENNEDY

JUDGE JOHN PAUL KENNEDYJudge John Paul Kennedy was appointed to the Third District Court in November 2004 by Gov. Olene Walker. He graduated with honors from Harvard University and from Stanford University Law School where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. He has practiced law in Illinois and in Utah. His practice areas focused on labor law, employment relations, and Indian affairs. He served as attorney general or assistant attorney general for seven Indian tribal governments. He is a fellow of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Utah Supreme Court, and the Circuit Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and Utah. He has also been admitted to practice in several tribal courts. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Kennedy devoted three years doing volunteer service in Russia. Judge Kennedy is a Master of the Bench with the Aldon J. Anderson Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a member of the American, Utah, and Salt Lake County bar associations. He is a director of the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Alumni Association of Utah, and he serves on Harvard's local and international schools and scholarships committees. 9/12


JUDGE MARK S. KOURIS

JUDGE MARK S. KOURISJudge Mark S. Kouris was appointed to the Third District Court in April 2006 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. Judge Kouris serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Kouris received his law degree from the University of Utah in 1993. Prior to attending law school, Judge Kouris received a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He worked in upper management for Procter & Gamble before starting and managing a packaging and shipping company. After selling the company, Judge Kouris worked as an Assistant Utah Attorney General before serving as a Deputy District Attorney for six years where he prosecuted gang felonies. Judge Kouris then joined the Utah Federal Defender's Office where he worked for the five years before being appointed to the bench. 6/06


JUDGE BARRY G. LAWRENCE

JUDGE BARRY G. LAWRENCEJudge Barry G. Lawrence was appointed to the Third District Court in September 2012 by Governor Gary Herbert. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Lawrence graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1984. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 1988, where he graduated Cum Laude. Upon graduating from law school, Judge Lawrence relocated to Utah and worked for 12 years at the law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough, where he had a commercial litigation practice and served on the firm's board of directors. In 2000, he joined the Utah Attorney General's Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Division. While there he practiced in the Torts Section and served as the Torts Section Chief until his appointment to the bench. 12/12


JUDGE DENISE P. LINDBERG

JUDGE DENISE P. LINDBERGJudge Denise Posse-Blanco Lindberg was appointed in 1998 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt to the Third District Court serving Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. She holds M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utah, and earned a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University in 1988. Judge Lindberg clerked for Judge McKay, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court. Her law practice focused on appellate litigation and regulatory health care matters. Judge Lindberg has served on the executive committees of the Litigation and Family Law Sections and on other Bar committees. She chairs the committee that drafts model criminal jury instructions for Utah courts, and is a Master of the Bench with the American Inns of Court. 10/13


JUDGE BRUCE C. LUBECK

JUDGE BRUCE C. LUBECKJudge Bruce C. Lubeck was appointed to the Third District Court in May 2001 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. He received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1971. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Lubeck was an Assistant U.S. Attorney having served in that capacity since 1981. Prior to this, he was in private practice and was also employed by the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association. He has been adjunct faculty member at Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. 9/09


JUDGE PAUL G. MAUGHAN

JUDGE PAUL G. MAUGHANJudge Paul G. Maughan was appointed to the Third District Court by Governor Michael O. Leavitt in December 1998. Judge Maughan currently serves on the Judicial Council for the State of Utah, is a member of the Council's Policy and Planning Committee, and is a master of the bench in the Aldon Anderson Inn of Court. Judge Maughan is a former member and chair of the Board of District Court Judges, and served as the Associate Presiding Judge of the Third District Court from 2007 to 2010. He served on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Code of Professional Responsibility from 2005 to 2011, the State of Utah Sentencing Commission from 2003 to 2011, and as a member of the A. Sherman Christensen Inn of Court. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Maughan was a deputy district attorney for Salt Lake County assigned to the civil division. He is a former chair of the State's Career Service Review Board, was an associate in the law firm of Bradley, Arrowsmith & Jackson, and an assistant city attorney for Salt Lake City. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law. Judge Maughan has served on the Courts and Judges Committee, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Utah State Bar, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar's Litigation Section. 4/13


JUDGE RICHARD D. MCKELVIE

 


JUDGE PAUL PARKER

JUDGE PAUL PARKERJudge Paul B. Parker was appointed to the Third District Court in July 2013 by Governor Gary Herbert. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Parker served as a police officer for the Vernal City Police Department from 1978 to 1985. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science from Weber State University in 1985 and a law degree from the University of Utah in 1988. Judge Parker worked as a deputy Salt Lake County District Attorney from 1989 until his appointment to the bench. The majority of Judge Parker's career was spent as a trial attorney prosecuting felony crimes, including child abuse, sexual assault, and homicide. 10/13


JUDGE ROBIN W. REESE

JUDGE ROBIN W. REESEJudge Robin W. Reese was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in March 1987 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter. He became a judge in Third District Court in July 1996, and serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele Counties. Judge Reese received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1980. He was an attorney in the law firm of Tibbals, Adamson, Peters & Howell from 1980 to 1981, and a Deputy Salt Lake County attorney from 1981 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Reese served as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, as presiding judge of the Third Circuit Court from 1992 to 1995, and as associate presiding judge of the Third District Court from 1995 to 2001. He also served on the Utah State Bar's Courts and Judges Committee from 1989 to 1990, and as a member of the Court Technology Subcommittee. 9/08


COMMISSIONER JOANNA SAGERS

 


JUDGE TODD M. SHAUGHNESSY

JUDGE TODD M. SHAUGHNESSYJudge Todd M. Shaughnessy was appointed to the Third District Court in May 2011 by Governor Gary Herbert. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Shaughnessy received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law where he was managing editor of the Utah Law Review. Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Shaughnessy was a partner at Snell & Wilmer in Salt Lake City. He previously worked at Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy and was a law clerk to the Honorable Christine M. Durham. In addition to his membership in the American, Utah, and Salt Lake County Bar associations, Shaughnessy is a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory on Rules of Civil Procedure. 9/11


JUDGE RANDALL N. SKANCHY

JUDGE RANDALL N. SKANCHYJudge Randall N. Skanchy was appointed to the Third District Court in January 2001 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. He received a law degree from Brigham Young University in 1980. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Skanchy was with the law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough. He has 21 years of trial experience as counsel in civil and environmental matters in state and federal courts. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Skanchy served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers and handled environmental state and federal superfund matters throughout the western United States. He served as chair of the Utah Food Bank from 1996 to 1999, and as a member of the Community Services Council from 1996 to 2000. He serves as an adjunct professor for the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics at Weber State University. Judge Skanchy is a member of the Utah Judicial Council's Ethics Advisory Committee, the Board of District Court Judges, and chairs the courtís Community Outreach Subcommittee. Judge Skanchy is located in the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse and assigned to a criminal calendar and as one of the Third District Court's Drug Court judges. 9/11


JUDGE ANDREW H. STONE

JUDGE ANDREW H. STONEJudge Andrew Stone was appointed to the Third District Court in October 2010 by Governor Gary Herbert. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Stone graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Mathematics. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi upon graduating. In 1986, he graduated from the University of Utah Law School and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. He was a member of the Utah Law Review. Upon graduation he clerked for Judge Bruce S. Jenkins, who at the time was Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Utah. After his clerkship, he worked as a trial attorney from 1987 through 1989 for the U. S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. In 1990, he returned to Utah and worked for the law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook, and McDonough, where he served on its Board and Executive Committee, until his appointment to the bench. While working at the law firm, Judge Stone received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, was recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the field of Antitrust Law, and by Super Lawyers and Utah's Legal Elite in Business Litigation. Judge Stone was admitted to practice before the Tenth, Ninth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Court of Federal Claims, as well as all state and federal courts in Utah. 2/11


COMMISSIONER MICHELLE TACK

 


JUDGE KATE A. TOOMEY

JUDGE KATE A. TOOMEYJudge Kate A. Toomey took the oath of office in January 2007 after her appointment to the Third District Court by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., and serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Toomey graduated from the University of Maryland in 1991, served as a judicial law clerk with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, then joined the Maryland Public Defender's Office. She was an associate with the Salt Lake City law firm Anderson & Karrenberg from 1993 until 1996, when she joined the Utah State Bar's Office of Professional Conduct. Judge Toomey was the managing editor of the University of Maryland Law Review, the managing editor, then editor-in-chief of Voir Dire, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Utah Bar Journal. Judge Toomey serves as a member of the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Advisory Committee on Professionalism, and is a member of the Grand Jury panel. She was elected to the Board of District Court Judges in 2009, and has served as the board's chair. Judge Toomey is an advisory board member of the Family Justice Center and is president of the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inns of Court. 9/12


JUDGE VERNICE TREASE

JUDGE VERNICE TREASEJudge Vernice S. Trease was appointed to the Third District Court in November 2006 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. She serves Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties. Judge Trease graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Lewis and Clark College and received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Trease served the community of Salt Lake County as a senior trial attorney, capital qualified attorney, and assistant director with the Salt Lake Legal Defender Assoc. She is a recipient of the Utah Minority Bar Association Community Service Award. Judge Trease has served as a member of the Utah Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in Criminal and Juvenile Justice System, and the State of Utah Office on Domestic and Sexual Violence Domestic Violence Justice Planning Group. Judge Trease currently serves on the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Judicial Council's Fine/Bail Schedule Standing Committee, and is the chairperson of the Judicial Council's Court Interpreter Standing Committee. She is the National Association of Women Judges and is a member of the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inns of Court. 4/10



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