Judges' Biographies


SECOND DISTRICT COURT JUDGES


Judges' Biographies

PRESIDING JUDGE W. BRENT WEST

PRESIDING JUDGE W. BRENT WESTJudge W. Brent West was appointed to the Second Circuit Court in March 1984 by Governor Scott M. Matheson. He became a judge in the Second District Court in July 1996. He serves Weber, Davis, and Morgan counties. Judge West received his law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1975. He was in private practice from 1976 to 1979. He served as assistant corporate counsel, assistant city attorney, and chief prosecutor for Ogden City from 1976 until his appointment to the bench. He currently serves on the Utah Grand Jury Panel of Judges. Judge West is a former member of the Judicial Council, a former member and chair of the Board of Circuit Judges, and a former chair of the Collections/Warrants Ad Hoc Committee. He is also a former member of the Statewide Transition team and the Audio-Technology Evaluation Committee. He served on the Utah Task Force in Gender and Justice and on the Utah Task Force in Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Legal System. He has also served as presiding judge for both the Second Circuit and Second District Courts. Judge West received the Circuit Court Judge of the Year Award in 1989, the Utah Justice Court's Friend of the Court Award in 1991, and the Judge of the Year Award in 1997. 9/09


ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE JOHN R. MORRIS

ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE JOHN R. MORRISJohn R. Morris was appointed to the Second District Court in September 2004 by Gov. Olene S. Walker. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Morris received a bachelor's degree in astrophysics from Princeton University, an M.B.A. degree from Brigham Young University, and a law degree magna cum laude from Brigham Young University. He was admitted to practice law in Utah, California, and with the U.S. Patent Office. Judge Morris practiced law in California with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro before returning to Utah with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, where he subsequently became a partner. Most recently, he was a founding partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P's Salt Lake Office. Judge Morris has extensive experience representing businesses in a wide variety of domestic and foreign technology, corporate and financial transactions, and has served as a director of several financial institutions and as a commissioner with the Utah State Digital Health Commission. Judge Morris has published and has been a frequent presenter on corporate, intellectual property, technology, e-commerce, and computer law topics. Judge Morris is chair of the online Court Assistance Program Policy Board and a member of the court's Standing Committee on Technology. 05/08


JUDGE MICHAEL G ALLPHIN

JUDGE MICHAEL G ALLPHINJudge Michael G. Allphin took the oath of office in July 1995 after being appointed by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt to the Second District Court. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Allphin received a law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1980. He practiced law in the Second, Third, and Fifth Districts with the firm of Boyack, Allphin & Hansen. He served as the State District Court Administrator during 1988 and 1989 and guided the District Court transition from county-operated to state-operated courts. He was appointed in May of 1989 as a District Court Commissioner in the Third District and later transferred to the Second District. He served in that assignment and as District Judge Pro Tempore until his appointment as District Judge. He also served as chair of the Executive Committee of Court Commissioners. He served as a member of the Board of District Court Judges from 1998 to 2004 and as chair of the board from 2002 to 2003. He has served as Associate Presiding Judge as well as Presiding Judge of the Second District Court. 4/10


JUDGE JOSEPH BEAN

 


JUDGE DAVID M. CONNORS

JUDGE DAVID M. CONNORSJudge David M. Connors was appointed to the Second District Court by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. and took office January 2008. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Connors earned a law degree from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School where he was a member of the Law Review and graduated magna cum laude in 1979. He received a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1974. Judge Connors was a partner in the Litigation Department of Chapman and Cutler LLP prior to his appointment to the bench. Prior to this, he was a partner with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P., where he served as head of the Utah litigation group. From 1979 through 1980, Judge Connors clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, in New York City. Judge Connors has served as a board member of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Davis County Council of Governments, Davis Education Foundation, and the Mormon Arts Foundation, and as a trustee for the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. He is a past chairman of the Business Law Section of the Utah State Bar and served as Mayor of Farmington City from 2002 to 2006. 1/08


JUDGE ROBERT J. DALE

JUDGE ROBERT J. DALEJudge Robert J. Dale was appointed to the Second District Court in May 2010 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Utah in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah in 1976, where he was a member of the law review and graduated Order of the Coif. Judge Dale was in private practice for 34 years, litigating real property, real property title, commercial, contract, construction, banking, and other cases. In addition to all Utah state and federal courts, Judge Dale was admitted to practice before the Sixth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He was a partner in the firm of McKay, Burton, McMurray and Thurman, a founding shareholder and board member of McMurray, McMurray, Dale and Parkinson, P.C., and a shareholder and board member of Fabian & Clendenin, P.C. Judge Dale served on the Layton City Planning Commission, on the Board of Governors of the Utah Trial Lawyers' Association, on the Board of Directors of the Utah Wildlife Federation, and as co-chair of the Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Nominating Committee. He was also a judge pro tem in the Salt Lake Circuit Court, and served on the Utah State Bar Fee Arbitration and Needs of Children Committees. He also served on the Utah State Real Estate Division committee responsible for drafting state real estate forms. 9/11


JUDGE GLEN R. DAWSON

JUDGE GLEN R. DAWSONJudge Glen R. Dawson was appointed to the Second District Court in September 1994 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. He received a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University in 1980. Judge Dawson served in Washington, D.C., as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice from 1980 to 1986. He relocated to Utah in 1986, where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Utah until his appointment to the bench. Judge Dawson currently oversees Mental Health Court for Davis County and is a member of the Utah Judicial Council. He is a current member and past president of the Rex E. Lee American Inn of Court. Judge Dawson is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah in the Trial Advocacy Department as well as an Adjunct Professor at Weber State University in the Criminal Justice Department. 8/14


JUDGE MARK R. DECARIA

JUDGE MARK R. DECARIAJudge Mark R. DeCaria was appointed to the Second District Court in March 2009 by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge DeCaria graduated from the University of Utah and completed a juris doctorate degree at Hamline University School of Law in Minnesota. Judge DeCaria has served as Weber County Attorney for the past 15 years, working as Deputy County Attorney, Ogden City prosecutor, and in private practice prior to these positions. He is a founding member of the Weber Morgan Domestic Violence Coalition and a member of the committee that created the Weber County Drug Court. 4/09


JUDGE MICHAEL D. DIREDA

JUDGE MICHAEL D. DIREDAJudge Michael D. DiReda was appointed to the Second District Court by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., in December 2008. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge DiReda received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1990 and a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University in 1993. He worked as a judicial law clerk in the Second District Court from 1994 through 1995 before joining the Davis County Attorney's Office as a Deputy County Attorney where he worked as a prosecutor, serving as the lead attorney over domestic violence, juvenile and adult drug courts, as section chief over the Narcotics Division and as the litigation section chief over the criminal and juvenile divisions. He is a former Centerville City Prosecutor and Clinton City Prosecutor. He also works as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah in the Trial Advocacy Department. He is a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, a member and past chairman of the Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee of the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice, and a past Executive Board member of the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice. Judge DiReda currently serves on the Standing Committee for Self-represented Parties. 9/09


JUDGE SCOTT M. HADLEY

JUDGE SCOTT M. HADLEYJudge Scott Marriott Hadley was appointed to the Second District Court in May 2003 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves in Weber, Davis and Morgan counties. Judge Hadley received his law degree from the Brigham Young University Law School in 1981, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Weber State University. He practiced law as a shareholder in Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy before being selected as a court commissioner in 1997, where he served until his present appointment. He has 16 years of trial experience as counsel in state and federal courts. Judge Hadley is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit Court, and the state courts of Utah. He co-founded and served as president of the Rex E. Lee American Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to the improvement of ethics and professionalism within the legal profession. Judge Hadley currently serves as a member of the Board of District Court Judges. He has also served on the Committee on Children and Family Law (co-chair); the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee; the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar; the Commissioner Selection Committee (chair); and as the Presiding Jurist, Utah Boys' State (2005). 07/11


JUDGE DAVID R. HAMILTON

JUDGE DAVID R. HAMILTONJudge David R. Hamilton was appointed to the Second District Court in July 2010 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Hamilton received a law degree from the University of Utah, School of Law in 1978 after completing a bachelor's degree at the University of Utah in 1975. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Hamilton was in private practice for 32 years, most recently as a solo practitioner at David R. Hamilton, P.C. His practice concentrated in insurance defense, collections, family law, and mediation. For more than 10 years, Judge Hamilton has been the chair of the Fund for Client Protection (Client Security Fund) with the Utah State Bar. He is the past president of the Weber County Bar Association. 11/10


JUDGE NOEL S. HYDE

JUDGE NOEL S. HYDEJudge Noel S. Hyde was appointed to the Second District Court in July 2010 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He serves primarily Morgan and Weber counties. Judge Hyde received a law degree from Brigham Young University. Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Hyde worked as a sole practitioner for nine years in South Ogden, emphasizing business bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation. He also handled domestic cases and business reorganization matters for 19 years with the firm of Nielsen & Senior in Salt Lake City and Ogden. Judge Hyde is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, and was a charter member and past president of the Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers Forum. He serves on the Board of District Court Judge and presides over the Weber County Mental Health Court. 12/13


JUDGE ERNEST W. JONES

JUDGE ERNEST W. JONESJudge Ernest W. Jones was appointed to the Second District Court by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt in August 2000. He received a law degree from the University of Utah School of Law in 1974. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber Counties. He was the Clinton City attorney, worked at the Utah Attorney General's Office, the Weber County Attorney's Office, and the law firm of Olmstead, Stine and Campbell. Judge Jones was employed with the Salt Lake County District Attorneys Office (1980 to 2000) at the time of his appointment to the bench. Judge Jones received the Most Valuable Prosecutor Award and Salt Lake County Employee of the Year award while employed by the county. Judge Jones is LTC (Ret.), Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Reserves, 87th LSO, Ft. Douglas. He served on the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Criminal Jury Instruction and was a member of the 2003 Judicial Conference Planning Committee. Judge Jones serves as a Drug Court judge in Weber County and is a member of the Board of District Court Judges. 9/08


JUDGE THOMAS L. KAY

JUDGE THOMAS L. KAYJudge Thomas L. Kay was appointed to the Second District Court in June 1998 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. He received a law degree from Brigham Young University in 1979 where he served as a Note and Comment Editor of the BYU Law Review. After a 1 1/2 year clerkship with U.S. District Judge David K. Winder, he maintained a civil trial practice with Ray, Quinney & Nebeker and Snell & Wilmer until his appointment to the bench. Judge Kay served on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, was a mediator in U.S. District Court, and a judge pro tem in the Third District Court. He has served in the Litigation Sections for the American Bar Association; and on the committee on Professional Liability Litigation of the American Bar Association. Judge Kay is the Associate Presiding Judge in the Second District. He is a Master of the Bench for the Rex E. Lee American Inn of Court. Judge Kay currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Evidence, the Jury Improvement Committee, the Alternative Sentencing Committee, and the Board of District Court Judges. Judge Kay is a frequent presenter to youth and school groups. 09/09


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