Senior Judges

Judges' Biographies

Former Judges

JUDGE RUSSELL W. BENCH

Court of Appeals:
JUDGE RUSSELL W. BENCH - Judge Russell W. Bench is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed in 1986 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter as an original member of the Utah Court of Appeals. He took the oath of office in January 1987. After earning a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1976, Judge Bench completed judicial clerkships for Chief Justice F. Henri Henriod and Chief Justice Gordon R. Hall of the Utah Supreme Court. Later, he served as a central staff attorney for the Utah Supreme Court. In 1985, Judge Bench earned his Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University. Judge Bench served twice as the presiding judge of the Court of Appeals, most recently from 2006 to 2008. He served previously as vice-chair of the Utah Judicial Council, chair of various Judicial Council committees, and as a member of the Court Facilities Planning Committee. He was appointed to the Judicial Conduct Commission in 2002. 11/15

JUDGE JUDITH M. BILLINGS

Court of Appeals:
JUDGE JUDITH M. BILLINGS - Judge Judith M. Billings was a member of the Utah Court of Appeals from 1987-2008 and now serves as an Active Senior Judge. Before joining the Utah Court of Appeals, she was a trial judge of the Third Judicial Court from 1982-1986. Judge Billings was a litigator with Ray Quinney and Nebeker law firm from 1976-1982. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law for the past ten years. Judge Billings received her BA in English from the University of Utah and her JD from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She received an LLM from the University of Virginia Law School. Judge Billings is Past Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association, and a Past President of the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Billings is a current trustee of Westminster College and a member of the Board of Directors of the Park City Historical Society and Museum. Judge Billings has been named as Utah Woman Lawyer of the Year, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Utah College of Humanities and the S.J. Quinney College of Law. 11/15

JUDGE JAMES Z. DAVIS

Court of Appeals:
JUDGE JAMES Z. DAVIS - Judge James Z. Davis is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt in November 1993 and 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, was a Deputy Weber County Attorney and Weber County Police Legal Advisor from 1973 to 1982, was a partner in Thatcher, Glasmann & Davis from 1977 to 1982, and was 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. 12/15

JUDGE PAMELA T. GREENWOOD

Court of Appeals:
JUDGE PAMELA T. GREENWOOD - Judge Pamela T. Greenwood is an Active Senior Judge. She was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter in January 1987. She received her law degree in 1972 from the University of Utah College of Law. Judge Greenwood served as general counsel and vice president of First Interstate Bank of Utah for seven years. She was counsel for the Utah State Bar from 1977 to 1980 and an attorney with the law firm of Roe and Fowler from 1976 to 1977. Judge Greenwood is a past president of the Utah State Bar, was a member of the Gender and Justice Task Force, and served as vice chair of the Utah Judicial Council from 1992 to 1998. She was acting State Court administrator from January 1995 to September 1995. Judge Greenwood was honored as the Utah Woman Lawyer of the Year in 1993 and received a Special Service Award from the Utah State Bar in 1996. She chaired the Privacy and Public Court Records Committee and was a member of the Court Improvement Project. Judge Greenwood also served as presiding judge of the Court of Appeals. 11/15

JUDGE RONALD E. NEHRING

Court of Appeals:
JUDGE RONALD E. NEHRING - Judge Ronald E. Nehring is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt in May 2003 after eight years of service on the Third District Court bench. A graduate of Cornell University and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, Judge Nehring began his professional career with Utah Legal Services and was a shareholder with the Salt Lake City firm of Prince, Yeates and Geldzahler at the time of his appointment to the District Court bench. At the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court, Judge Nehring was the presiding judge of the Third District Court. He also served as chair of the Board of District Court Judges, as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, and as a member of the Utah Judicial Council. Judge Nehring is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 11/15

JUDGE WILLIAM A.  THORNE

Court of Appeals:
JUDGE WILLIAM A. THORNE - Judge William A. Thorne, Jr. is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2000 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. Judge Thorne was a judge in the Third Circuit Court for eight years, having been appointed by Governor Norman Bangerter in 1986, and served in the Third District Court for six years, having been appointed by Governor Leavitt in 1994. Judge Thorne received a B.A. from the University of Santa Clara in 1974 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1977. Judge Thorne has served as a tribal court judge in Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Michigan. He is the former president of the National Indian Justice Center (a nonprofit that trains tribal court personnel around the country), and a member of the Board of Directors for National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit group that provides volunteer representation for abused and neglected children in court). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (a nonprofit seeking to improve the level of research and practice related to adoptions), and a member of the ABA Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. He is a former member of the Utah Judicial Council, the Board of Circuit Court Judges, and the Board of Directors for the National Indian Court Judge's Association. He is also a former chair of the Utah Juvenile Justice Task Force of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, former vice-chair of the Utah Board of Youth Corrections, former co-chair of the Judicial Council's Committee on Improving jury Service, former chair of the Judicial Council's Bail Bonding Committee, former member of the Court Technology Committee, former member of the Salt Lake County Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and a former member of the steering committee for the Judicial Council's Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness. 11/15

JUDGE JOHN R. ANDERSON

District Court:
JUDGE JOHN R. ANDERSON - Judge John R. Anderson is an Inactive Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Eighth District Court in August 1992 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter. He served Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah counties. Judge Anderson received a law degree in 1966 from the University of Utah College of Law. He was with the firm of Beaslin, Nygaard, Coke & Vincent when practicing law in Salt Lake City. Judge Anderson practiced law in Vernal with the law firm of Beaslin & Anderson from 1980 until his appointment to the bench. He served as a Vernal City Councilman from 1988 to 1991 and served on the Board of District Court Judges from 1997 to 2000. Judge Anderson also served as a member of the Judicial Ethics Committee. 11/15

JUDGE JUDITH S.H. ATHERTON

District Court:
JUDGE JUDITH S.H. ATHERTON - Judge Judith S.H. Atherton is an Active Senior Judge. She was appointed to the Third District Court in August 1995 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Atherton received a juris doctor from the University of Utah College of Law in 1983. She has served as staff counsel for the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division. Judge Atherton has been co-chair of the Standing Committee on Children and Family Law, and served on the Committee for Improvement of Jury Service and the Board of District Court Judges. She was a member of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Utah Judicial Council. She also sat on the Council's Management Committee. Judge Atherton was assigned to the criminal division of the Third District Court and, from 2004 to her retirement, supervised the Third District Mental Health Court, a calendar that addresses the needs of mentally ill defendants in the criminal justice system. 11/15

JUDGE WILLIAM BARRETT

District Court:
JUDGE WILLIAM BARRETT - Judge William W. Barrett is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third District Court in January 1996 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Barrett received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1973. He was a shareholder and treasurer with the law firm of Kipp & Christian at the time of his appointment to the bench. Judge Barrett was an associate and partner with the law firm of Marsden Orton & Liljenquist from 1979 to 1984 and was an assistant attorney general from 1973 to 1979. He was also an associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates. Judge Barrett served on the Online Court Assistance Program Policy Board, as a member and chair of the Board of District Court Judges, as the associate presiding judge in the Third District Court, and as a member of the Model Utah Jury Instructions Drafting Committee. He completed his term on the Utah Judicial Council in September 2008. 11/15

JUDGE G. RAND BEACHAM

District Court:
JUDGE G. RAND BEACHAM - Judge G. Rand Beacham is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Fifth District Court in August 1995 by Governor Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Washington, Iron, and Beaver counties. Judge Beacham graduated from Snow College, Utah State University, and the University of Utah College of Law. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private legal practice for 15 years in the areas of civil litigation, transactions, and business work. Judge Beacham has been a member of the Board of District Court Judges, the presiding judge of the Fifth District Court, co-chair of the Standing Committee on Children and Family Law, a member of the Judicial Council, and president of the Scott M. Matheson, Sr. American Inn of Court. 11/15

JUDGE WILLIAM B. BOHLING

District Court:
JUDGE WILLIAM B. BOHLING - Judge William B. Bohling is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE TERRY L. CHRISTIANSEN

District Court:
JUDGE TERRY L. CHRISTIANSEN - Judge Terry L. Christiansen is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third District Court in July 2000 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. He received his law degree from the University of Utah School of Law in 1975. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Christiansen was the chief deputy Summit County attorney, a Park City prosecutor, and was in private practice with the law firm of Adkins & Christiansen. Judge Christiansen started his legal career with the law firm of Roe & Fowler in Salt Lake City. Judge Christiansen has 25 years experience as a private attorney and more than 20 years experience as both a county attorney and city prosecutor. He also served 10 years as a small claims judge. Judge Christiansen served on the State Court's Grand Jury Committee, the State Law Library Committee, and the Third District Administrative Committee. He is a former member of the Board of District Court Judges, the Utah Sentencing Commission, and the Utah Sexual Violence Council. 11/15

 

District Court:
JUDGE DOUGLAS L. CORNABY - Judge Douglas L. Cornaby is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE L.A. DEVER

District Court:
JUDGE L.A. DEVER - Judge L.A. Dever is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third District Court in August 1995 and served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Dever received his law degree from the University of Houston Law School in 1975. His first position was with the firm of Stephens & Associates in Houston. He moved to Salt Lake in 1976 and worked as a solo practitioner. He then worked as a prosecutor from 1978 to 1982 in the Salt Lake County Attorney's office. He was a partner in the Vernal law firm of McRae & DeLand from 1982 to 1987. Judge Dever accepted a position as Assistant Attorney General and for the next eight years served in several capacities in the Attorney General's Office, including that of Deputy Solicitor General. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Dever was serving as Chief of the Public Affairs Division in the Attorney General's Office. 11/15

JUDGE ROGER S. DUTSON

District Court:
JUDGE ROGER S. DUTSON - Judge Roger S. Dutson is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Second Circuit Court in March 1988 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter and served Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. He became a judge in Second District Court in July 1996. Judge Dutson received a law degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C. in 1965. He had a private practice in Ogden from 1968 to 1980. He served as defense counsel for the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps from 1965 to 1968. Judge Dutson has served on The Board of Prevent Child Abuse-Utah for more than 20 years. He has been a board member of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and has been active in educational programs to prevent injuries to small children from violent shaking. 11/15

JUDGE J. PHILIP EVES

District Court:
JUDGE J. PHILIP EVES - Judge J. Philip Eves is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE DONALD J. EYRE, JR.

District Court:
JUDGE DONALD J. EYRE, JR. - Judge Donald J. Eyre, Jr. is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Fourth District Court in November 1994 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and served Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. He received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1976 and was in private practice from 1976 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Eyre was appointed Nephi City attorney in 1978 and concurrently served as Juab County attorney from 1979 until his appointment to the bench. He served on the Jury Education Committee, the Justice Court Standards Committee, and the Children and Family Law Standing Committee. Judge Eyre served as the presiding judge of the Fourth District Court from 1999 to 2000, and on the Board of District Court Judges from 2000 to 2003. In 2004, he helped establish drug courts in Juab and Millard counties. He served on the Utah Judicial Council from 2008 to 2011. 11/15

JUDGE J. DENNIS FREDERICK

District Court:
JUDGE J. DENNIS FREDERICK - Judge J. Dennis Frederick is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE DENNIS M. FUCHS

District Court:
JUDGE DENNIS M. FUCHS - Judge Dennis M. Fuchs is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in December 1986 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter. He became a judge in Third District Court in July 1996. He served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele Counties. He received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1973. He worked for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration from 1974 to 1977. He was a Deputy Attorney in the Salt Lake County Attorney's Office from 1977 to 1981 and he was in private practice from 1981 to 1983. From 1983 to 1986, Judge Fuchs served on the Utah State Board of Pardons and was Chairman from 1985 to 1986. He was a member of the Supreme Court Ethics Advisory Committee has served on the Criminal Procedures Task Force and the Judicial Education Committee. Judge Fuchs is a former member of the Board of Circuit Court Judges. 11/15

 

District Court:
JUDGE FLOYD GOWANS - Judge Floyd Gowans is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE BEN HADFIELD

District Court:
JUDGE BEN HADFIELD - Judge Ben H. Hadfield is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the First District Court in March 1993 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and served Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. After graduating from the J. Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University in 1978, Judge Hadfield joined the Brigham City firm of Mann, Hadfield & Thorne and later became a partner in the firm. He was involved in numerous organizations, including service as president of the Brigham City Chamber of Commerce, president of Brigham City Kiwanis, and a volunteer with the Big Brother organization. A large percentage of his work as an attorney was in litigation. Judge Hadfield helped found the Rex E. Lee Inn of Court and is past president of the chapter, which focuses on professionalism and collegiality in the courtroom. In addition to his courtroom responsibilities, Judge Hadfield served on the Ethics Advisory Committee, the Board of District Court Judges, and the Utah Judicial Council from 2000 to 2003. Judge Hadfield served as presiding judge in the First District Court from July 2004 to July 2006. He then returned to the Board of District Court Judges and in September 2009 became chair of the board. 11/15

JUDGE TIMOTHY R. HANSON

District Court:
JUDGE TIMOTHY R. HANSON - Judge Timothy R. Hanson is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE PAMELA G. HEFFERNAN

District Court:
JUDGE PAMELA G. HEFFERNAN - Judge Pamela G. Heffernan is an Active Senior Judge. She was appointed to the Second Circuit Court in 1989 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter and became a judge in Second District Court in July 1996. She served Davis, Morgan, and Weber Counties. Judge Heffernan received her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1981, her M.A. in sociology from Washington State University, and her B.A. from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota in sociology. She was a shareholder in the Salt Lake law firm of Snow, Christensen & Martineau until her appointment to the bench. Judge Heffernan is a former member of the Board of Circuit Court Judges and the Board of District Court Judges, and has also served on the Commission for Justice in the 21st Century and the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee. 11/15

JUDGE GLENN K. IWASAKI

District Court:
JUDGE GLENN K. IWASAKI - Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki is an Inactive Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third District Court in July 1992 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter and served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Iwasaki graduated in 1971 from the University of Utah College of Law and served as a Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney. He was also a trial attorney for the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association and was a partner in the law firm of Collard, Pixton, Iwasaki & Downes. Judge Iwasaki has been an adjunct professor of Law at the University of Utah and has served on the Board of Trustees, University of Utah College of Law Alumni Association, and chair of the Youth Parole Authority. During his tenure as deputy Salt Lake County attorney, he served as unit chief for the Special Victims Prosecution Unit. Judge Iwasaki has also served as a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Utah Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial System, the Committee on Improving Jury Service, and the KUED Board. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a recipient of the Raymond S. Uno Award in 2007, and a recipient of the Judge of the Year Award in 2008 from the Utah State Bar. 11/15

JUDGE CLINT S. JUDKINS

District Court:
JUDGE CLINT S. JUDKINS - Judge Clint S. Judkins is an Active Senior Judge. Judge Judkins was appointed to the First Circuit Court in 1988 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter and became a judge in First District Court in July 1996. He served Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. Judge Judkins received his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1972. He was in private practice in Tremonton prior to his appointment to the bench and served as the Tremonton City Attorney for 16 years. Judge Judkins is past president of the Box Elder County Bar Association. He served on the Indigent Defense Cost Committee, the Gender Fairness Committee, and the Commissioner Conduct Committee. Judge Judkins also served as a Presiding Judge in the First Circuit and First District Courts and as a member of the Board of Circuit Court Judges and the Board of District Court Judges. Judge Judkins is Master of the Bench, Rex E. Lee American Inn of Court. 11/15

JUDGE DENISE P. LINDBERG

District Court:
JUDGE DENISE P. LINDBERG - Judge Denise Posse-Blanco Lindberg is an Active Senior Judge. She was appointed in 1998 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt to the Third District Court and served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. She holds M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utah, and earned a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University in 1988. Judge Lindberg clerked for Judge McKay, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court. Her law practice focused on appellate litigation and regulatory health care matters. Judge Lindberg has served on the executive committees of the Litigation and Family Law Sections and on other Bar committees. She chaired the committee that drafts model criminal jury instructions for Utah courts, and is a Master of the Bench with the American Inns of Court. Judge Lindberg retired from the bench in January 2015. 11/15

JUDGE ROGER LIVINGSTON

District Court:
JUDGE ROGER LIVINGSTON - Judge Roger Livingston is an Active Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE GORDON J. LOW

District Court:
JUDGE GORDON J. LOW - Judge Gordon J. Low is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the First District Court in 1987 by Gov. Norman S. Bangerter and served Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. After receiving his Juris Doctorate at Arizona State University in 1973, he joined the law firm of Hillyard & Gunnell as an associate and later became a partner. Judge Low is a former member of the Commission on Justice in the 21st Century. He is a past chair of the Board of District Court Judges, the Judicial Conduct Commission, and the Utah Judicial Standing Committee on Education. Judge Low has also taught in the adjunct program at Utah State University. 11/15

JUDGE MICHAEL D. LYON

District Court:
JUDGE MICHAEL D. LYON - Judge Michael D. Lyon is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Second District Court in July 1992 by Governor Norman H. Bangerter and served Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Lyon served twice as presiding judge of the Second District Court. He also served on the Utah Judicial Council, the Governor's Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee, and as a member and chair of Utah's Board of District Court Judges. He was founding president of the Rex E. Lee American Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to promoting ethics and professionalism within the legal profession. Before becoming a district judge, he was the justice court judge for South Ogden City and practiced law with the law firm of Lyon, Helegesen, Waterfall, & Jones in Ogden, where his practice emphasized civil litigation. He is a former Clinton City attorney and deputy Weber County attorney. He is a past member of the Ethics & Disciplinary Committee and the Courts and Judges Committee of the Utah State Bar. He received his B.S., cum laude, from Weber State College and his J.D. degree from the University of Utah in 1971. 11/15

JUDGE SHEILA K. MCCLEVE

District Court:
JUDGE SHEILA K. MCCLEVE - Judge Sheila K. McCleve is an Active Senior Judge. She was appointed to the Circuit Court in March 1984 by Gov. Scott M. Matheson and became a judge in Third District Court in July 1996. She served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge McCleve was a Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney, Assistant Salt Lake City Prosecutor, and Administrative Law Judge for the Utah Public Service Commission. She also worked for Justice Richard C. Howe at the Utah Supreme Court. Judge McCleve served on the Board of Circuit Court Judges, the Supreme Court Ethics Advisory, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Judicial Performance Evaluation, and Uniform Fine/Bail Schedule committees, Judicial Council Standing Committees on Court Facilities Planning, Judicial Branch Education, Children and Family Law, and the court's Judicial Outreach Education Subcommittee. Judge McCleve sat in the Juvenile Court determining parental rights and created and held a Domestic Violence Court for five years. She is a faculty member of the Utah Judicial Institute and teaches at Brigham Young University. She has taught at the Phoenix Institute and at Salt Lake Community College. She has received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the J. Reuben Clark Women's Law Forum, Child Advocate of the Year from the Utah Chapter to Prevent Child Abuse, the Angel of Peace Award from the Salt Lake Domestic Violence Council, and was named Honored Alumnus of the J. Reuben Clark College of Law from Brigham Young University. 11/15

JUDGE TYRONE E. MEDLEY

District Court:
JUDGE TYRONE E. MEDLEY - Judge Tyrone E. Medley is an Inactive Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third District Court in December 1992 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter and to the Third Circuit Court in July 1984 by Gov. Scott M. Matheson. Judge Medley served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. He received his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1977. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Medley was a research attorney for the Third District Court and a Deputy Attorney for Salt Lake County. He was an associate with the law firm of Cotro-Manes, Warr, Green & Shand. He is a former member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure, the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, and the Board of District Court Judges, and was co-chair of the Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Crimson Club and the Salt Lake Boys and Girls Club Board. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and a member of the Intermountain Urban Central Region Board of Trustees. He received the NAACP Albert B. Fritz Award in 1996, the Utah State Bar Judge of the Year Award in 1998, and the Utah State Bar Raymond S. Uno Award in 2000. He was inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of fame in 2000. 11/15

JUDGE A. LYNN PAYNE, JR.

District Court:
JUDGE A. LYNN PAYNE, JR. - Judge A. Lynn Payne, Jr. is an Active Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE SANDRA N. PEULER

District Court:
JUDGE SANDRA N. PEULER - Judge Sandra N. Peuler is an Active Senior Judge. She was appointed to the Third District Court in May 1994 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. She received a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1977, and is a member of the Maryland State Bar and the Utah State Bar. Prior to her appointment, Judge Peuler was a court commissioner in Third District Court for 12 years. She is a former member of the Children's Justice Center Advisory Board, the Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, and the Board of District Court Judges. Judge Peuler served on the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice from 1998 to 2006. She is a past-president of the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inn of Court, and served as associate presiding judge and presiding judge for the Third District Court from 2001 through July 1, 2007. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Judge Peuler received an award of special recognition from the Utah State Bar in 1992 for her work as a court commissioner. She was honored as Woman Lawyer of the Year in 1999, and as Judge of the Year in 2007. 11/15

JUDGE ROBIN W. REESE

District Court:
JUDGE ROBIN W. REESE - Judge Robin W. Reese is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in March 1987 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter. He became a judge in Third District Court in July 1996 and served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele Counties. Judge Reese received his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1980. He was an attorney in the law firm of Tibbals, Adamson, Peters & Howell from 1980 to 1981, and a Deputy Salt Lake County attorney from 1981 until his appointment to the bench. Judge Reese served as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, as presiding judge of the Third Circuit Court from 1992 to 1995, and as associate presiding judge of the Third District Court from 1995 to 2001. He also served on the Utah State Bar's Courts and Judges Committee from 1989 to 1990, and as a member of the Court Technology Subcommittee. 11/15

 

District Court:
JUDGE DAVID ROTH - Judge David Roth is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE JAMES L. SHUMATE

District Court:
JUDGE JAMES L. SHUMATE - Judge James L. Shumate is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Fifth Circuit Court in January 1991 by Governor Norman H. Bangerter. He became a district court judge in January 1992 and served Beaver, Iron, and Washington Counties. Judge Shumate received his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975 and he was the Iron County attorney from 1979 to 1982. He is a past member of the Governor's Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council. Judge Shumate worked on the formation of the Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition with others in the concerned agencies of Washington County. He also presided over the formation of the Washington County Drug Court and managed the drug court calendar in the district court for Washington County. 11/15

JUDGE GARY D. STOTT

District Court:
JUDGE GARY D. STOTT - Judge Gary D. Stott is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Fourth District Court in January 1997 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and served Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Stott graduated from Brigham Young University and received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1968. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a senior shareholder/director with the law firm of Richards, Brandt, Miller & Nelson. Judge Stott is also a member of the Wyoming Bar Association and past president of the Central Utah Bar Association. Judge Stott has served as the presiding judge of the Fourth District Court and was a two-term member of the Judicial Council. He was chair of the Judicial Council's Policy and Planning Committee and vice-chair of the Council. 11/15

JUDGE RAYMOND UNO

District Court:
JUDGE RAYMOND UNO - Judge Raymond Uno is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE L. KENT BACHMAN

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE L. KENT BACHMAN - Judge L. Kent Bachman is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the First and Second District Juvenile Court in August 1977 by Gov. Scott M. Matheson. He received his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1968. Judge Bachman was a Deputy Weber County Attorney and Chief Deputy City Attorney for Ogden City. He was in private practice from 1968 to 1977 in general civil and criminal litigation and during this time and was a referee for the First District Juvenile Court from 1969 to 1971. Judge Bachman was the chair of the Board of Juvenile Court Judges from 1981 to 1982 and again from 2004 to 2005. Judge Bachman is a former member of the Judicial Council. He has served on the state court re-districting committee which resulted in the creation of the eight judicial districts. He also served on the Uniform Fine and Bail Committee and the Family and Juvenile Court Committee considering the creation of a family court. 11/15

JUDGE HANS Q. CHAMBERLAIN

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE HANS Q. CHAMBERLAIN - Judge Hans Q. Chamberlain is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Fifth District Juvenile Court in August 1995 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the senior member of the law firm of Chamberlain & Higbee. He also served as Iron County attorney for eight years and is the past president of the Utah State Bar, the Statewide Association of Prosecutors, and the Southern Utah Bar Association. Judge Chamberlain has also been a member of the Utah State Board of Regents and is a past member and chair of the Southern Utah University Board of Trustees. He has served on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges and was chair from 1997 to 1998. He is a past member and chair of the Standing Committee on Court Facilities Planning and past vice chair of the Judicial Council. 11/15

 

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE ARTHUR CHRISTEAN - Judge Arthur Christean is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE PAUL F.  IWASAKI

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE PAUL F. IWASAKI - Judge Paul F. Iwasaki is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE KAY LINDSAY

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE KAY LINDSAY - Judge Kay A. Lindsay is an Inactive senior judge. She was appointed to the Fourth District Juvenile Court in December 1992 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter and served Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Lindsay also served on the Eighth District Juvenile Court bench until 1996, serving Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties. She received her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1967. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Lindsay served in the following positions: Assistant County Attorney, Guardian ad Litem for the Fourth District Juvenile Court, and associate in the Provo law firm of Taylor, Moody and Thorne. Judge Lindsay has served as the chair of the Board of Juvenile Court Judges, as a member of the Judicial Council, and as the presiding judge of Fourth District Juvenile Court. She has served as a member of the Initiative on Utah Children in Foster Care and as a member of the Kinship Subcommittee of the Initiative. Judge Lindsay served as chair of the Court Improvement Project, as well as chair of the State Table of Six. She also served on local steering committees dealing with juvenile drug court, family drug court, truancy, delinquency and child welfare issues, and taught child advocacy as an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. 11/15

JUDGE FREDERIC (RIC) M. ODDONE

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE FREDERIC (RIC) M. ODDONE - Judge Frederic (Ric) M. Oddone is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in August 1994 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Oddone was awarded a law degree from the University of Utah in 1972. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Oddone was a Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney, where he served in the criminal division. Judge Oddone served three terms on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Juvenile Court Procedure. He has been a member of the Salt Lake City Mayor's Gang Task Force on Gang Violence, the Judicial Council's Task Force on Juvenile Court Organization, the Judicial Council's Family Court Task Force, and he chaired the Utah State Task Force on Court Security. Judge Oddone served on the Salt Lake Criminal Justice Advisory Council and was the court's representative to the Sentencing Commission. Judge Oddone has also been an instructor for the court's judicial faculty and chaired the Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee at Salt Lake Community College where he has taught law. He served two terms as the presiding judge for the Third District Juvenile Court and also served on the court's Management Committee. 11/15

JUDGE STERLING B. SAINSBURY

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE STERLING B. SAINSBURY - Judge Sterling B. Sainsbury is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Fourth District Juvenile Court in August 1994 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and served Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Judge Sainsbury also served on the Eighth District Juvenile Court bench until 1996. He received his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University in 1981. From 1981 to 1983, he worked in private practice. From 1981 until his appointment to the bench, he was a deputy Utah County attorney. And from 1987 to 1992, Judge Sainsbury was a guest instructor at Brigham Young University in the Department of Social Work. He is a past member of the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure, the Utah State Sentencing Commission, and the Utah County Gang Task Force. Judge Sainsbury also served as the presiding judge of the Fourth District Juvenile Court and as a member of the Board of Juvenile Court Judges. 11/15

JUDGE ANDREW A. VALDEZ

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE ANDREW A. VALDEZ - Judge Andrew A. Valdez is an Inactive Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in June, 1993 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1977. Prior to his appointment, Judge Valdez was a commissioned captain in the U.S. Army J.A.G. Corp and trial counsel with the Legal Defenders Association Felony/Homicide Division. Awards include Board of Youth Corrections Distinguished Service Award; American Red Cross Lifesaver Award; Minority Bar Association Leadership Award; Lillian Smith "Youth Advocate of the Year" Award; "Peace in the Streets" Award given by the Salt Lake Area Gang Project; U.C.L.R. Leadership Award; Catholic Community Service Award; and Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters, Salt Lake Community College. Judge Valdez developed a court-based mentoring program, partnerships with community education schools, and opportunities for female juvenile offenders to work off restitution obligations. Judge Valdez served as chair of the statewide Youth Parole Authority, and served on the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Board of Trustees for Primary Children's Medical Center, Juvenile Justice Task Force, Board of Juvenile Court Judges, and the Judicial Council. He is a member of the National Youth Gang Center. 11/15

JUDGE DIANE W. WILKINS

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE DIANE W. WILKINS - Judge Diane W. Wilkins is an Inactive Senior Judge. She was appointed to the Second District Juvenile Court in July 1990 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter and served Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Wilkins graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1979. Prior to her appointment to the bench she was a deputy Salt Lake County attorney, a private practice attorney, an assistant Utah Attorney General and deputy chief of staff to the Governor. As a judge, her activities included service on the Court Interpreter Advisory Panel, presiding judge of the Second District Juvenile Court, chair of the board of Juvenile Court Judges, and membership on the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. Judge Wilkins presided over a successful Juvenile Drug Court and was a member of the Court Commissioner Conduct Committee and the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Judge Wilkins has been a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Association of Women Judges, and the American Judicature Society. Judge Wilkins has been involved in efforts to improve the effectiveness of the Juvenile Courts, including initiating pilot projects on intensive supervision of probationers and Juvenile Drug Court, and implementing juvenile sex offender's supervision. She was also responsible for many of the innovative features of the Farmington Juvenile Court and served on the Fine and Bail Standing Committee. 11/15

 

Juvenile Court:
JUDGE JERIL B. WILSON - Judge Jeril B. Wilson is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE KIM T. ADAMSON

Justice Court:
JUDGE KIM T. ADAMSON - Judge Kim T. Adamson is an Active Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE DENNIS J. BARKER

Justice Court:
JUDGE DENNIS J. BARKER - Judge Dennis Barker is an Inactive Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Newton Justice Court in November 1997 and the Amalga Justice Court in November 1998. He attended Ricks College from 1926 to 1964, and then the University of Utah in 1964. He worked in banking for eight years and the insurance industry for 10 years before becoming a dairy farmer for 17 years. He has driven a bus for 46 years, which he continues to do. Judge Barker is a graduate of the first and second Legal Institutes. 11/15

JUDGE HOLLY BARRINGHAM

Justice Court:
JUDGE HOLLY BARRINGHAM - Judge Holly Magi Barringham is an Inactive Senior Judge. She served the Salt Lake City Justice Court beginning October 2005 and the Salt Lake County Justice Court beginning January 2006. She earned a bachelor's degree in Nursing at Loma Linda University in California and a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Judge Barringham was an assistant Salt Lake City prosecutor from January 2003 until her appointment to the Justice Court in September 2005. Previously, she served as a school board member for a local private school. Judge Barringham presided over Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County first offender and misdemeanor drug courts and served on the court's Jury Subcommittee. 11/15

JUDGE JAMES E. BOX

Justice Court:
JUDGE JAMES E. BOX - Judge James E. Box is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE BETTY J. BURNS

Justice Court:
JUDGE BETTY J. BURNS - Judge Betty J. Burns is an Inactive Senior Judge. She was appointed Justice Court Judge for Emery County 2nd Precinct in December 1990. Prior to that she had been the Court Clerk. In November 1992 she attended a two week course on Special Court Jurisdiction at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Judge Burns has served on the Justice Court Education Committee. 11/15

JUDGE DAROLD BUTCHER

Justice Court:
JUDGE DAROLD BUTCHER - Judge Darold "Dar" M. Butcher is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Grantsville City Justice Court in February 2009. Judge Butcher earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Utah State University and an associate's degree in Instrumentation from Salt Lake Community College. He has been a Licensed Social Service Worker since 1999. Judge Butcher served for four years in the Navy and 11 years in the Army as an Air Flight Combat Medic. He has also worked as a production controller for the Tooele Army Depot and as a juvenile probation officer for the Third District Juvenile Court. Judge Butcher served as a Grantsville City councilman, on the Legislative Advisory Committee, the Salt Lake City Urban Development Board, Tooele County Sheriff's Advisory Committee, and the Tooele County Hospital Board. In addition, he served three terms as president of Mosquito Abatement, two terms as chair of the Division of Children Family Services Citizen Review Board, and two terms as chair of the Local Interagency Committee. 11/15

JUDGE RICHARD CARR

Justice Court:
JUDGE RICHARD CARR - Judge Richard Carr is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

 

Justice Court:
JUDGE TIMOTHY C. HAVERON - Judge Timothy C. Haveron is an Active Senior Judge. 11/15

 

Justice Court:
JUDGE WILLIAM H. KEETCH - Judge William H. Keetch is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE LANE MCCOTTER

Justice Court:
JUDGE LANE MCCOTTER - Judge Lane McCotter is an Active Senior Judge. 11/15

 

Justice Court:
JUDGE LEE G. OSBORNE - Judge Lee G. Osborne is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

 

Justice Court:
JUDGE DARWIN R. POULSEN - Judge Darwin R. Poulsen is an Inactive Senior Judge. He served the Alpine Justice Court and the Highland Justice Court prior to his retirement. He was first appointed as judge for the Highland Justice Court in August 1990. Judge Poulsen graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Business Management. He worked for 30 years in sales and received outstanding sales performance awards annually as a member of the President's Club. Judge Poulsen was awarded a Certificate of Public Service Merit from the Utah Alcoholism Foundation and a Community Service Award from Highland City. 11/15

JUDGE JOHN L.  SANDBERG

Justice Court:
JUDGE JOHN L. SANDBERG - Judge John L. Sandberg is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed judge of the Clinton Justice Court in 1988 and judge of the Clearfield Justice Court in 1994. He earned a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from Weber State University in 1975 and a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1978. Judge Sandberg has been President of the Utah Justice Court Judges Association and chairman of the Justice Court Board of Judges. He served on the Utah Judicial Council, the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, the Utah Judicial Ethics Task Force, and the Utah Standing Committee on Judicial Education. Judge Sandberg has also served as the education director for Utah Justice Courts. Judge Sandberg is a member of the Utah State, Davis County, and Weber County Bar Associations. He was twice awarded the Quality of Justice Award by the Utah Judicial Council and received the Justice Court Judge of the Year Award. 11/15

JUDGE LES SCOTT

Justice Court:
JUDGE LES SCOTT - Judge Les Scott is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed to the Salina City Justice Court in April 2001. Soon after, he was appointed to the Aurora City Justice Court. Prior to this, Judge Scott was employed by the City of Corona California"s police department for 29 years. He served four years in the patrol division and 25 years in the detective bureau until he retired. During this time, Judge Scott served as president of the Corona Police Officers Association for 17 years. 1/16

 

Justice Court:
JUDGE JACK STEVENS - Judge Jack Stevens is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE ELAYNE J.  STORRS

Justice Court:
JUDGE ELAYNE J. STORRS - Judge Elayne Storrs is an Inactive Senior Judge. She was appointed to the Carbon County Justice Court in 1991 and to the Wellington City Justice Court in 1993. She has served on the Justice Court Board of Judges, the Judicial Ethics Committee, as education director for the Seventh District Judges, and as education director for the Utah State Judges. Judge Storrs was appointed to represent the justice courts on the Small Claims Subcommittee for the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure. She was chosen as a participant for the National Leadership Conference for the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration. Judge Storrs is a graduate of the National Judicial College’s Legal Institute and the Utah State Level II Legal Institute. In 1999, the Utah Association of Justice Court Judges named Judge Storrs as Justice Court Judge of the Year. She received the Quality of Justice Award in 2004. Judge Storrs and the staff of the Carbon County Justice Court were named Utah Justice Court of the Year in 2009 for their excellence in serving the public. 11/15

 

Justice Court:
JUDGE ALLAN D. VAIL - Judge Allan D. Vail is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15

JUDGE SARA WATSON

Justice Court:
JUDGE SARA WATSON - Judge Sara Watson is an Inactive Senior Judge. 11/15


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