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, and ten years on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee. Judge Orme currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure and the Utah Sentencing Commission. Judge Orme is also the judicial advisor to the Utah Bar Journal and a member of the executive committee of the Utah State Bar's Appellate Practice Section. 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. 4/14


JUDGE MICHELE M. CHRISTIANSEN

JUDGE MICHELE M.  CHRISTIANSENJudge Michele M. Christiansen was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in June 2010 by Gov. 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 Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. During her tenure in the Governor's Office, Judge Christiansen co-chaired the Utah Methamphetamine Joint Task Force and chaired the Utah Sexual Violence Council. She served as a member of the Guardian Ad Litem Oversight Panel, the Utah Sentencing Commission Executive Committee, the Utah Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council, the Governor's Violence Against Women and Families Cabinet Council, the Initiative on Utah Children in Foster Care, the Salt Lake County Bar Association Executive Committee, and the Access to Justice Council. Judge Christiansen currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Utah Judicial Council's Standing Committee on Education, the Judicial Council's Ethnics Advisory Committee, and is chair of the Judicial Council's Commissioner Conduct Committee. 9/11


JUDGE JAMES Z. DAVIS

JUDGE JAMES Z. DAVISJudge James Z. Davis was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt in November 1993. He received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1968. He served in military intelligence in the U.S. Army until 1970. Judge Davis was in private practice from 1971 to 1977, Deputy Weber County Attorney and Weber County Police Legal Advisor from 1973 to 1982, a partner in Thatcher, Glasmann & Davis from 1977 to 1982, and a shareholder and director at Ray, Quinney & Nebeker from 1982 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Davis was president of the Utah State Bar from 1991 to 1992. He completed a two-year term as presiding judge in January 1999. 10/05


JUDGE JOHN A. PEARCE

 Judge John A. Pearce was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals by Governor Gary R. Herbert in October 2013. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Pearce was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California, a shareholder and member of the Executive Committee at Jones Waldo in Salt Lake City and served as General Counsel to Governor Herbert. He is also an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Judge Pearce graduated from Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah, holds a degree in economics from the University of Utah, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley. Judge Pearce has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Salt Lake County Bar Executive Committee, the Guardian ad Litem Oversight Committee, the Salvation Army Citizen's Advisory Board and the Governmental Records Access and Management Act Working Group. 12/13


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 Governor Herbert. Judge Roth received his law degree from Brigham Young University in 1977, where he was a note and comment editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review and graduated cum laude. Judge Roth served in the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1974. 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, at which time he became an Assistant United States Attorney, working as a trial lawyer in the civil division of the United States Attorney's office until appointed to the bench. He 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. Judge Roth is a member of the Judicial Council's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the Utah State Bar Litigation Section Executive Committee, and the Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court. He serves as chair of the Judicial Council's Study Committee on Representation of Indigent Criminal Defendants and is past chair of the Commissioner Conduct Committee. 9/11


Page Last Modified: 3/27/2014
Return to Top