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THIRD DISTRICT JUSTICE COURT JUDGES



JUDGE JOHN BAXTER

JUDGE JOHN BAXTERJudge John Baxter was appointed to the Salt Lake City Justice Court in 2002. He presides over Salt Lake City's Homeless Court and Veterans' Court. Judge Baxter chaired the Utah Judicial Council's Committee on Access to Resources for Self-represented Parties and served on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professionalism and the Committee on Judicial Outreach. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure and the State Bar New Lawyer Training Program Committee. Judge Baxter is a member of the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council as well as a member of the Utah State Bar and the State Bar of California. Before becoming a judge, he volunteered as an attorney at the Sunday homeless breakfast in Salt Lake City and served in the United States Marine Corps. 9/15


JUDGE DANIEL F. BERTCH

JUDGE DANIEL F. BERTCHJudge Daniel F. Bertch has served as the Draper City Justice Court Judge since 1992. He has been a practicing attorney since 1984, currently with Kevin K. Robson in the firm of Bertch Robson. Judge Bertch graduated from B.Y.U. Law School in 1984, cum laude, and was awarded the Order of the Coif. He currently serves on the Uniform Fine and Bail Committee.


JUDGE MICHAEL BOEHM

JUDGE MICHAEL BOEHMJudge Michael Boehm was appointed to the South Jordan Justice Court in January 2017. Judge Boehm received a degree in business management from Brigham Young University. After a brief period in the corporate world, he returned to law school, graduating with honors from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. After receiving his Juris Doctor, Judge Boehm returned to Utah and joined the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office where he handled a wide range of matters, including a number of high-profile cases prior to his appointment. 9/17


JUDGE GREGORY L. BOWN

JUDGE GREGORY L. BOWNJudge Gregory L. Bown was appointed to the Riverton City Justice Court in October 2007. He earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Utah Law School in 1971 and was admitted to practice law in Utah that same year. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bown practiced law for 31 years as Deputy District Attorney for the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office before retiring from the office in 2005. 4/11


JUDGE AUGUSTUS G. CHIN

JUDGE AUGUSTUS G.  CHINJudge Augustus G. Chin was appointed to the Holladay Justice Court in August 2011. The Holladay Justice Court serves the cities of Holladay and Cottonwood Heights. Judge Chin received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College Of Law. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from the University of Utah. Prior to attending law school he was a civilian employee with the Department of the Army, working as a maintenance management production controller/ planner at the Tooele Army Depot. He served a law clerk-bailiff and law clerk for 3rd District Judge Tyrone E. Medley. Judge Chin was a prosecutor for the Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office and the Summit County Attorney's Office. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Chin worked as a criminal defense attorney for Wasatch Advocates and Rasmussen and Miner. Judge Chin served as president of the Utah State Bar from 2006 to 2007, as a Utah State Bar Commissioner from 2001 to 2008, president of the Utah Minority Bar Association from 1998 to 1999, president of the Law-Related Education Board 2011-2013, and president of the Utah Bar Foundation. He was also a member of the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professionalism and Civility from 2002 -2015. Judge Chin is a member of the Board of Justice Court Judges and is Chair of the Trust & Confidence Committee. In 2016 he received the Justice Court Service Award. He was named the Minority Bar Association Lawyer of the Year in 2007, received the Scott M. Matheson Award for Service to Law-Related Education in 2003, and the University of Utah College Of Law Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2000. 11/16


JUDGE L.G. CUTLER

JUDGE L.G.  CUTLERJudge L.G. Cutler has served the Salt Lake City Justice Court since 2004. He earned a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Utah in 1975 and a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1979. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Cutler served as staff attorney with Utah Legal Services and provided legal representation to indigent children, parents, and families in Juvenile Court. As a sole practitioner, his work focused on domestic law, guardian ad litem representation of children, and criminal defense. Judge Cutler also contracted with Salt Lake County communities to provide prosecution services for more than 20 years. 4/10


JUDGE JOHN M. DOW

JUDGE JOHN M. DOWJudge John Mack Dow was appointed to the Tooele County Justice Court in May 2010. He attended Dixie College and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Utah. He earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Dow worked for the Tooele County Attorney's Office where he prosecuted felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases for 15 years. Prior to this, he maintained a private practice that focused primarily on criminal defense and family law. Judge Dow worked for the Tooele County Sheriff's Office while attending college and has been a volunteer firefighter for Tooele City. He has served as president of the Tooele County Bar Association, on the Citizen's Review Board for the Division of Child and Family Services, on the Utah Firefighter's Museum Board, and was counsel for the Utah State Firefighter's Association. 5/11


JUDGE RONALD ELTON

JUDGE RONALD ELTONJudge Ronald L. Elton was appointed to the Grantsville City Justice Court in January 2015. Judge Elton is a lifelong resident of Tooele County. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management-Magna Cum Laude. Judge Elton also attended the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University and received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1976. Afterward, he worked in the Tooele County Attorney’s Office as a law clerk, deputy County Attorney, and as a County Attorney from 1975 to 1995. He then opened a private law practice and also served as a public defender in Tooele County. He was appointed as Grantsville City Attorney in 2007 and held that position until 2011. Judge Elton also served as Rush Valley and Vernon Town attorney from 2000 to 2014. 9/17


JUDGE PAUL FARR

JUDGE PAUL FARRJudge Paul Farr was first appointed as a judge in 2010. He currently serves in Sandy and Herriman. Prior to his appointment Judge Farr was a partner in a Salt Lake City law firm with a civil trial practice. Judge Farr earned a J.D. from Brigham Young University, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and an A.S. in History from Dixie State University. He has been a member of the Utah State Bar since 2000. Judge Farr has served as a member of the Justice Court Board of Judges, the Utah Judicial Council and on many committees with the courts and the Utah Bar. 9/17


JUDGE CLINTEPIOUS GILMORE

 Judge Clint Gilmore was appointed to the West Valley City Justice Court in January 2013. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Political Science in 2000 and received his Juris Doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 2003 with a William H. Leary Scholar designation. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Utah and Nevada. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Elko County District Attorney’s Office in Elko, Nevada. In 2005, he moved back to Utah where he was hired as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in West Valley City. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Gilmore served as the Assistant Chief Prosecuting Attorney for West Valley City, a Special Deputy District Attorney for Salt Lake County, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Utah. In 2007, for his work prosecuting federal gun crimes, he received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office of United States Attorneys. In 2009, he was appointed to the Transportation Safety Resource Prosecutor Advisory Committee based out of the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and was elected President of the Utah Municipal Prosecutors’ Association in 2010. Prior to his appointment, Judge Gilmore also taught Fourth Amendment Search & Seizure Law at the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy for the Utah Department of Public Safety for eight years. 9/17


JUDGE SHAUNA GRAVES-ROBERTSON

JUDGE SHAUNA GRAVES-ROBERTSONJudge Shauna Graves-Robertson was appointed to the Salt Lake County Justice Court by the Salt Lake County Commission in January 1999. Judge Graves-Robertson is a Salt Lake City native and a graduate of West High School. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Judge Graves-Robertson received a Masters in Public Administration in 1987 and a law degree from the University of Utah in 1990. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Graves-Robertson worked for the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association. She graduated from the National Judicial College with a certificate in judicial studies. Judge Graves-Robertson is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member of the National Association of Women Judges, Women Lawyers of Utah, Minority Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Diversity. Judge Graves-Robertson is currently the presiding judge in Salt Lake County. 4/10


JUDGE SHAUNA L. KERR

JUDGE SHAUNA L. KERRJudge Shauna Kerr was appointed to the Summit County Justice Court in 2009. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1980, is a current member of the Utah State Bar, and previously admitted to the California State Bar. Judge Kerr received her undergraduate degree from Utah State University in 1977 in Political Science. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Kerr worked as the Tooele City Attorney and as Assistant Park City Attorney. Judge Kerr has also served as an elected local government at both the city and county level as a member of the Park City Council and the Summit County Commission. 9/11


JUDGE RONALD E. KUNZ

JUDGE RONALD E. KUNZJudge Ronald E. Kunz was appointed as the West Jordan City Justice Court Judge in April 1990. As a resident of West Jordan, he has been actively involved in various civic and community service organizations, including serving as a trustee for the Utah Boys Ranch. Judge Kunz earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1979. Prior to his judicial appointment, he worked as a general law practitioner for 11 years handling a wide variety of cases before various levels of state and federal courts. Judge Kunz served as a contract legal defender for the Third Circuit Court and the City of West Jordan. He also served as the attorney for the towns of Woodruff and Kamas during the early years of his practice. Judge Kunz has served on two different Judicial Council Committees to help improve the state's trial by jury system. Under his direction, the West Jordan Justice Court has proactively implemented domestic violence programs that have resulted with Judge Kunz receiving the 2006 "Freedom Award"" from the Salt Lake Area Domestic Violence Coalition and being named the 2008 ""Advocate of the Year"" by the Utah Domestic Violence Council. 4/10"


JUDGE MICHAEL KWAN

JUDGE MICHAEL KWANJudge Michael Kwan has served the Taylorsville Justice Court since 1998. Judge Kwan received a law degree from Whittier College School of Law and was certified in Chinese law by the East China University of Politics and Law in 1993. Judge Kwan served as pro tempore judge in Third District Court from 1996 through 1998. He received the Quality of Justice Award in 2001. His Domestic Violence Program was awarded the Peace on Earth Award from the Salt Lake Area Domestic Violence Advisory Council in 2002. He started one of the first DUI/Drug Courts in the nation in 1998. This program received the Governor's Award for reducing drug and alcohol abuse and related crimes in 2008. He is currently serving on the Utah Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Council and previously served on the Utah Rules of Evidence Committee. Judge Kwan was editor of the National Conference of Special Court Judges journal, was chair of the Board of Justice Court Judges, and served on the Utah Judicial Council. Judge Kwan has taught judicial education courses across the country for the Utah Judicial Institute, ABA, and National Drug Court Institute focusing on traffic, evidence, Constitutional law, and criminal procedure and law. 4/10


JUDGE SYDNEY MAGID

JUDGE SYDNEY MAGIDJudge Sydney Magid was appointed to the Salt Lake City Justice Court in 2004. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1990 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law in 1993 where she was a William H. Leary Scholar. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she worked as an attorney in private practice. She currently serves on the Justice Court Judges Education Curriculum Subcommittee.


JUDGE BRENDAN P. MCCULLAGH

JUDGE BRENDAN P. MCCULLAGHJudge Brendan P. McCullagh was appointed to the West Valley City Justice Court in July 2002. He previously served six years as a Deputy District Attorney for Salt Lake County. In 1995, Judge McCullagh received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah College of Law. He has served on the Board of Justice Court Judges as well as on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence and the Judicial Council's Standing Committee on Interpreters. Judge McCullagh currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committees on the Criminal Rules of Procedure and Criminal Jury Instructions. In 2007, Judge McCullough was elected by his peers to serve a three-year term on the Judicial Council and was re-elected in 2010. Also in 2007, Judge McCullagh received the Judicial Council's Quality of Justice award for performance of judicial responsibilities with outstanding dedication to the highest quality of justice. In 2008, Judge McCullagh was awarded the Scott M. Matheson Award by the Utah State Bar for outstanding service to law-related education. In 2010, Judge McCullagh was awarded the Utah Substance Abuse Advisory Council's Governor's award by Gov. Gary R. Herbert for his contributions in establishing the Utah E-Warrant system. 9/15


JUDGE SCOTT J. MICKELSEN

JUDGE SCOTT J. MICKELSENJudge Scott J. Mickelsen was appointed to the Bluffdale Justice Court in May 2012. He is a 36-year veteran of law enforcement. Judge Mickelsen earned a Master of Criminal Justice Degree and has served as an adjunct professor at two Utah universities, teaching ethics, management, and other courses. He is a former hostage negotiator with particular expertise in conflict resolution. Judge Mickelsen has worked as a division commander in patrol, court security, administrative support, and many other assignments and special projects, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has worked with youth in the community teaching principles of law enforcement and citizenship. Judge Mickelsen created "Officer Friendly"" programs for implementation into elementary school curriculum and taught criminal justice to youth in area high schools. 9/12"


JUDGE RONALD E. POWELL

JUDGE RONALD E. POWELLJudge Ronald E. Powell was appointed to the Stockton Justice Court in 2004. Judge Powell served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the United State Navy. He has nine years of law enforcement experience in the State of California, where he studied the administration of justice. After retiring as a supervisor from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power, Judge Powell moved to Utah. Judge Powell earned a certificate in legal studies from the Legal Institute for Justice Court Judges. 4/10


JUDGE CATHERINE E. ROBERTS

JUDGE CATHERINE E. ROBERTSJudge Catherine E. Roberts was appointed to the Salt Lake City Justice Court in September 2011. Before her appointment, Judge Roberts was a trial attorney with the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association (LDA), representing indigent clients in felony and misdemeanor cases in Salt Lake County. She has served as the LDA attorney at the West Jordan Felony Drug Court. In addition, Roberts is an editor of the Utah Bar Journal, and has served as a small claims judge and as a mentor for the Utah State Bar's Lawyer Training Program. Judge Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law. She is the recipient of the Edward Spurgeon Public Service Fellowship, the David T. Lewis Clinical Award, and was a Leary scholar. 12/11


JUDGE JEANNE ROBISON

JUDGE JEANNE ROBISONJudge Jeanne Robison has served the Salt Lake City Justice Court since 2005. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Robison worked as an assistant city prosecutor for Salt Lake City from 1995 through 2005. She earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University in 1986 and a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1994. Judge Robison has been an adjunct professor for the University of Utah and University of Phoenix. She has served as a member of the Utah State Bar's Needs of Children Committee and the Board of Directors of the Multi-Cultural Legal Center. Judge Robison currently serves as chair of the Justice Court Education Curriculum Subcommittee. She also presides over cases referred to Passages, which is a collaborative restorative justice program. 4/10


JUDGE ANNA ROSSI ANDERSON

 Judge Anna Rossi Anderson was appointed to the South Salt Lake City Justice Court in January 2017. Judge Anderson received her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Illinois in 2000, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. Judge Anderson began her legal career as a prosecutor at the Tazewell County State's Attorney's Office in central Illinois, during which time she also received an appointment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Peoria, Illinois to assist in the prosecution of several federal cases that originated in her county. Judge Anderson moved to Joliet, Illinois in 2007 where she began work as a felony prosecutor with the Will County State's Attorney's Office. She prosecuted cases in that office for seven years before relocating to Utah in 2012, where she had been employed as a prosecuting attorney in the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office prior to her appointment. 9/17


JUDGE PAUL THOMPSON

JUDGE PAUL THOMPSONJudge Paul Thompson was appointed to the Murray City Justice Court in 2008. He has served as an active or senior judge since 1992. Judge Thompson received a degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1976. He served as the mayor of Sandy City from 1978 to 1982, and is a former city attorney for South Salt Lake, Alta, and South Jordan. Judge Thompson is a former chairman of the Salt Lake County Council of Governments, member of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, and trustee of the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was the founding chairman of the Third Judicial District Victim's Rights Committee. Judge Thompson has been a member of the Utah State Bar since 1976. 4/10


JUDGE GEORGE VO-DUC

 Judge George F. Vo-Duc was appointed to the Midvale City Justice Court in January 2017. Judge Vo-Duc is a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate of the University of Utah, where he received a Bachelor of Philosophy in 1996 and a Juris Doctor in 2001. Prior to appointment, Judge Vo-Duc worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Salt Lake County for 15 years, where he prosecuted narcotics, gang, special victim, and violent felony cases. 9/17

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