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Judges' Biographies




Judge Brian E. Brower was appointed to the Clearfield City Justice Court in August 2015 and to the Sunset City and Morgan County Justice Courts in December 2016. Judge Brower earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature with a minor in Criminal Justice from Weber State University. He then graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Upon graduation and passing the bar, Judge Brower was hired as a Deputy County Attorney for the Weber County Attorney's Office. He later served as both the Murray City Prosecutor as well as the Layton City Prosecutor before being appointed as Clearfield's City Attorney in 2007. He served as City Attorney for eight years prior to appointment as the City's Justice Court Judge. 9/17 



Judge Catherine J. Hoskins was appointed to the Syracuse Justice Court in September 2014 and to the Clinton City Justice Court in June 2015. Judge Hoskins received an Associates Degree from Brigham Young University, Idaho, in 1996, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Utah in 1999, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law. Judge Hoskins currently works for Hoskins Legal Solutions. She is co-chair of the Second District Pro Bono Committee, a member of the Divorce Procedures Subcommittee, a member of the Trust and Confidence Committee and the Justice Court's Education Committee. She is a former Davis County Bar President, a current Davis County Bar member and a member of the Rex E. Lee Inns of the Court. 9/17 


Judge Michael S. Junk was appointed to the Ogden City Justice Court in January of 2017. Judge Junk received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Weber State University in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah in 1987. After law school he went on to work as the Ogden City prosecutor for over 27 years prior to being appointed to the Ogden City Justice Court. Judge Junk also teaches at Weber State University as an adjunct professor in the Business Administration department. 9/17 





Judge David Miller was appointed in 1996, and serves as the judge of the Centerville and North Salt Lake municipal justice courts. Previously he served as judge of the Fruit Heights municipal justice court for eight years. Judge Miller was also appointed in 1999 as a panel trustee for Chapter 7 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and continues to work as a bankruptcy trustee. Judge Miller graduated from Weber State University (1979 Psychology); the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU (Juris Doctor 1982); and Golden Gate University (1985 Master of Law in Taxation). Judge Miller has served two terms on the Board of Justice Court Judges and is currently the Education Director for Utah Justice Courts. 9/17 



Judge Trent Nelson was appointed to the Roy/Weber County Justice Court in February 2017, where he serves the communities of Roy City, unincorporated Weber County, West Haven City, and Hooper City. Judge Nelson is a trained domestic mediator, and has a Bachelor of Economics from Weber State University, a law degree from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from Utah State University. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Nelson was the prosecutor for Roy City, and had a private practice where he focused on juvenile law, family law, and estate planning. Judge Nelson has served as a Guardian ad Litem in both Juvenile Court and District Court. Judge Nelson is a member of the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee for Rules of Professional Conduct, has also served on the Child Welfare Improvement Council, and is a member of the Weber County Subcommittee of the State of Utah's Committee on Disproportionate Minority Contact. 9/17 



Judge Clay W. Stucki was appointed to the Ogden City Justice Court in March of 2017. Judge Stucki received his Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1991, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. After law school, Judge Stucki clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a law clerk to Judge Charles E. Wiggins. Following his judicial clerkship, Judge Stucki has been a practicing attorney in Utah for the past 25 years and has been a partner at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, Bennett Tueller Johnson & Deere, and Stucki & Rencher. Judge Stucki was one of the principal drafters of the Utah Environmental Self-Evaluation Privilege and Act set forth in section 19-7-101 of the Utah Code, and Rule 508 of the Utah Rules of Evidence, which privilege has now been adopted by numerous states. 9/17 


Judge J.C. Ynchausti was appointed to the Davis County Justice Court in 2016. Judge Ynchausti is the former Bountiful Assistant City Attorney and Prosecutor. He graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in History and Italian. He was honored by the University of Utah, College of Humanities as an outstanding undergraduate and by the Utah Historical Society as its Outstanding History Student. He attended the University of Idaho College of Law where he was awarded the Langroise Scholarship and served as a Senior Class member of the Conduct Review Board, a student representative of the Tenure Review Committee, and Treasurer of Delta Theta Phi. He is licensed to practice law in both Idaho and Utah. He was employed as the law clerk for Idaho Fifth District Judge James J. May in Sun Valley, Idaho. As a civil practitioner he has worked in the fields of adoption, employment law, family law and general litigation. He has served on several Utah State Bar committees, has been a mediator for the Utah Equal Employment Opportunity Anti-Discrimination Division and is a member of the Rex E. Lee American Inn of Court. For almost 25 years he was appointed, by the Second District Court, to represent patients in the civil commitment process. He has also served as an instructor on the topic of civil commitment for the Davis County Behavioral Health Crisis Intervention Team Program. As an assistant Bountiful City attorney his primary responsibilities were to assist the city attorney, advise the Board of Adjustment and Traffic Safety Committee. As a prosecutor his primary responsibilities included, but were not limited to, advising, training and assisting police, and prosecuting all misdemeanor crimes. He has trained prosecutors locally and from around the country at the National District Attorney's Association. An enthusiastic ice hockey player, Judge Ynchausti has also served as the USA Hockey/Utah Amateur Hockey Association Safe Sport Coordinator. 9/17 

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