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Senior Judges' Biographies
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
Court of Appeals
JUDGE JUDITH M. BILLINGS - Judge Judith M. Billings is an active senior judge. Judge 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. 01/17
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
JUSTICE LEONARD RUSSON - Justice Leonard Russon is an Inactive Senior Judge. 5/2018
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
The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.