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Judges' Biographies

SECOND DISTRICT JUVENILE COURT JUDGES


PRESIDING JUDGE SHERENE DILLON

PRESIDING JUDGE SHERENE DILLON

Judge Sherene Terry Dillon was appointed to the Second District Juvenile Court by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in January 2011. She serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Dillon has a law degree from J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she worked for the Office of Guardian ad Litem, where she represented the interests of children in Juvenile Court. She worked in private practice from 1986 to 1994, where she spent a number of years with Kirton, McConkie and Poelman. 3/11  


ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE MICHELLE E. HEWARD

ASSOCIATE PRESIDING JUDGE MICHELLE E. HEWARD

Judge Michelle E. Heward was appointed to the Second District Juvenile Court by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in September 2010. She serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Heward graduated from the University of Utah with a Juris Doctorate in 1987 and from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Prior to her current appointment, she worked for 15 years as a full professor at Weber State, teaching criminal justice in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also served as a Justice Court judge in Riverdale for five years as well as South Ogden. From 1990 to 1995, Judge Heward was a Deputy Weber County Attorney with primary assignment in Juvenile Court. She worked in private practice prior to that position. She currently serves on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and runs a Dependency Drug Court. She has served on various local, university, state, and national board and committees. Her areas of research and publications are in problem solving courts, juvenile courts, evidence, and constitutional law. 10/11  


JUDGE DEBRA J. JENSEN

JUDGE Debra J. Jensen

Judge Debra J. Jensen was appointed to the Second District Juvenile Court by Governor Gary R. Herbert in June 2018. She serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Jensen received a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Jensen served as the managing attorney for the Davis County Guardian ad Litem Office. Before becoming a Guardian ad Litem, she worked for several years in private practice and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah in the Human Services Division handling child support enforcement and paternity establishment. She is a former Adjunct Professor at Seattle University and Business Mentor at Western Governors University. Judge Jensen has served on numerous committees including the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Procedure and the Children's Justice Center Advisory Board for Davis County. Judge Jensen is board certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. 11/18  


JUDGE ROBERT G. NEILL

JUDGE ROBERT G. NEILL

Judge Robert G. Neill was appointed to the Second District Juvenile Court by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in October 2016. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Neill obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and received his Juris Doctorate from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Neill worked as a Unit Chief in the Justice Division of the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office where he managed a variety of teams including the Screening and Misdemeanor Division, the Non-violent and General Felony Teams, the West Jordan Special Victim and Juvenile Teams, and the West Jordan Division. While at the District Attorney's Office Judge Neill prosecuted numerous cases including crimes perpetrated against children and delinquency cases in the juvenile court. 5/17 


JUDGE JEFFREY J. NOLAND

JUDGE JEFFREY J. NOLAND

Judge Jeffrey J. Noland was appointed to the Second District Juvenile Court by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in July 2010. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Noland has a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Noland served as a managing attorney for the Salt Lake Office of the Guardian ad Litem (GAL). Before joining the GAL in 2006, Judge Noland worked in private practice. 12/10  


JUDGE SHARON S. SIPES

JUDGE SHARON S. SIPES

Judge Sharon S. Sipes was appointed to the Second District Juvenile Court by Governor Gary R. Herbert in October 2013. She serves Davis, Morgan and Weber Counties. Judge Sipes obtained a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1994, and a bachelor's degree from Westminster College. Judge Sipes was an attorney with the Davis County Public Defender's office prior to her appointment to the bench. Before joining the Davis County Public Defender's office, she practiced for almost 15 years as a public defender in Weber County. For the past eight years, Judge Sipes served as a director with the Parental Defense Alliance, a non-profit organization formed to provide support and continuing education opportunities for defense attorneys representing parents in child welfare cases in the juvenile courts. Judge Sipes currently serves on the Juvenile Court Improvement Committee and is board certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. 3/14 


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