Judges' Biographies


COURT OF APPEALS JUDGES


Judges' Biographies

PRESIDING JUDGE J. FREDERIC VOROS JR.

PRESIDING JUDGE J. FREDERIC VOROS JR.Judge J. Frederic Voros Jr. was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in September 2009. Judge Voros earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1975 and a law degree from its J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1978. He clerked for Justice Dallin H. Oaks on the Utah Supreme Court. Judge Voros served as general counsel to Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and practiced with Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler and Poole & Associates before joining the Utah Attorney General's Office in 1991, where he served as chief of the Criminal Appeals Division from 1999 to 2009. Judge Voros has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, since 2001, and has sat on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Practice since 1995. 12/09


ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE GREGORY K. ORME

ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE GREGORY K. ORMEJudge Gregory K. Orme was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter in January 1987. He is the court's Associate Presiding Judge. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1975. Three years later he received a law degree, with high honors, from George Washington University, in Washington D.C. Judge Orme served as a law clerk to Judge Monroe G. McKay, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was a partner in the law firm of VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. Judge Orme has served a two-year term as presiding judge, four terms on the Judicial Council, six years as chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee, ten years on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, six years as chair of the Commissioner Conduct Committee, and twelve years on the Utah Sentencing Commission. Judge Orme currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure and is the judicial advisor to the Utah Bar Journal. He was a member of the executive committee of the Utah State Bar's Appellate Practice Section for many years. Judge Orme is the recipient of the Utah State Bar's annual awards for Young Lawyer of the Year (1986) and Judge of the Year (2007). He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 7/16


JUDGE MICHELE M. CHRISTIANSEN

JUDGE MICHELE M.  CHRISTIANSENJudge Michele M. Christiansen was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in June 2010 by Governor Gary Herbert. Prior to her appointment, Judge Christiansen had been serving as a Third District Court Judge since May 2007. Judge Christiansen received her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1995. She then served as a judicial law clerk for one year with the Honorable Tena Campbell, United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah, following which she joined the Salt Lake law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. In March 1998, Judge Christiansen joined the United State Attorney's Office, District of Utah, as an Assistant United States Attorney. In January 2005, she was appointed executive director of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and in July of 2006, Judge Christiansen became general counsel to Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. During her tenure in the Governor's Office, Judge Christiansen chaired and served on many committees and councils focusing on violence against women, sexual assault, substance abuse, and children's justice issues. Judge Christiansen is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, and currently serves as Co-chair of the Utah State Bar's Pro Bono Commission. She also serves on the Executive Board of Women Lawyers of Utah, on the Salt Lake County Bar Association Executive Committee, on the Utah State Bar's Appellate Practice Section Board, as a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Judicial Council's Ethics Advisory Committee, and as chair of the Judicial Council's Commissioner Conduct Committee. 8/16


JUDGE DAVID N. MORTENSEN

JUDGE DAVID N. MORTENSENJudge David N. Mortensen was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in June 2016 by Gov. Gary M. Herbert. Prior to his appointment, Judge Mortensen had been serving as a trial judge in the Fourth District Court since September 2006, where he served as the presiding judge and associate presiding judge. Judge Mortensen graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1993. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Mortensen was in private practice as a trial attorney. He is a member of the A. Sherman Christensen Inn of Court. He serves on the Utah State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee. Judge Mortensen is a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence. Judge Mortensen previously served as a member of the Utah Judicial Council and as a member of the Board of District Court Judges. Judge Mortensen also served on the Judicial Council Study Committee on Technology Brought into the Courtroom. In 2015 and 2016 Judge Mortensen received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar. Judge Mortensen received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Government and Politics Legal Society of the J. Rueben Clark Law School. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. 7/16


JUDGE JILL M. POHLMAN

 Judge Jill M. Pohlman was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2016 by Governor Gary Herbert. Judge Pohlman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1993, and received her Juris Doctorate from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1996, where she served on the Utah Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable David K. Winder of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Prior to her appointment, Judge Pohlman was a partner at the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP in Salt Lake City. She practiced there for 19 years during which she maintained a complex civil litigation practice, including administrative, trial, and appellate work. She was a member of the Utah Supreme Court’s Ethics and Discipline Committee, during which time she acted as panel chair. She also served on the Utah Supreme Court’s Diversion Committee. Judge Pohlman currently sits on the Utah Courts Committee on Judicial Outreach. 8/16


JUDGE STEPHEN ROTH

JUDGE STEPHEN ROTHJudge Stephen L. Roth was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in March 2010 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. Judge Roth served as a trial judge in the Third District Court from his appointment in January 2002 by Governor Michael O. Leavitt until his appointment to the Court of Appeals by. After serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1974, Judge Roth attended law school at Brigham Young University, where he was a note and comment editor on the Brigham Young University Law Review and graduated cum laude in 1977. He worked as an associate at the Seattle firm of Bogle & Gates from 1977 to 1978. He was an associate and then member of Snow, Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City from 1978 through 1991, doing primarily commercial litigation. From 1991 until appointed to the trial bench, Judge Roth served as an Assistant United States Attorney, working as a trial lawyer in the civil division of the United States Attorney's office. Judge Roth served as an adjunct professor in the trial advocacy program at the University of Utah College of Law from 2002 through 2007, on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee for Rules of Professional Conduct from 2003 to 2011, and as a member of the executive committee of the Safe at Home Coalition (now the Family Justice Center) from 2006 to 2010. He served as chair of the Judicial Council's Study Committee on Representation of Indigent Criminal Defendants and is past chair of the Commissioner Conduct Committee. Judge Roth is a member of the Judicial Council's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the Court Facilities Planning Committee, the Court Technology Committee, the Utah State Bar Litigation Section Executive Committee, and the Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court. 3/16


JUDGE KATE A. TOOMEY

JUDGE KATE A.  TOOMEYJudge Kate A. Toomey took the oath of office in September 2014 after her appointment to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Gary Herbert. Prior to her appointment, she was a Third District Court Judge for nearly eight years. 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. She was a member of the Board of District Court Judges and of the Grand Jury panel of judges. She was an advisory board member of the Family Justice Center and the Utah Foster Care Foundation. Judge Toomey currently serves as a member of the Judicial Council and the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 2/16


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