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JUDGE RANDY B. BIRCHJudge Randy B. Birch was appointed to the Heber City Justice Court in September 2010. He received a B.A. from Utah State University and a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1984. Judge Birch previously practice law in Salt Lake City, served as in-house counsel with a Federal contractor, and currently maintains a solo practice. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Birch served for more than 25 years as a small claims judge pro tempore in Salt Lake and Summit counties and on the Board of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL). 9/10


JUDGE W. BRENT BULLOCKJudge W. Brent Bullock was appointed to the Pleasant Grove Justice Court in May, 1991 and to the Lindon Justice Court on July, 1998. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelors' Degree in Law Enforcement Management, a Master of Public Administration Degree and law degree from Brigham Young University, J. Rueben Clark Law School in 1987. He is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice program at Utah Valley University as well as maintaining a part-time law practice. He has served on the Utah State Court Interpreter and Translation Committee and is currently serving on the Detection of Deception Licensing Board.


JUDGE SCOTT J. CULLIMOREJudge Scott J. Cullimore has served as a judge for the Utah County Justice Court for 14 years. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He retired from a career in law enforcement after 20 years of service. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Cullimore worked as a supervisor for the Department of Adult Probation and Parole. He also worked as a correctional officer at the Utah State Prison, a driver's license examiner for the Department of Public Safety, a psychiatric aid at the Utah State Hospital, and a field investigator for the Department of Assistance Payments. Judge Cullimore has taught substance abuse classes for the Utah County Department of Human Services. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Adult Probation and Parole and currently is a member of the Lindon Historic Committee. Judge Cullimore has served on the Lindon City Council and as the Lindon City Mayor. He received the Justice Court Judge of the Year Award in 2003. 4/10


JUDGE MORGAN L. CUMMINGSJudge Morgan L. Cummings was appointed to the Lehi City Justice Court in January 2017. Judge Cummings received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah in 2005 and graduated with a Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, in 2009. Judge Cummings began his legal career representing clients in civil litigation, business planning and funding, and prosecuted criminal cases for several municipalities. He later worked in the healthcare industry, negotiating and drafting insurance contracts. Prior to appointment, Judge Cummings worked as the Lehi City Prosecutor and Assistant City Attorney for four years, where he prosecuted criminal cases, practiced municipal defense, and advised various departments and commissions within the city. 9/17


JUDGE DAVID C. DAHLQUISTJudge David C. Dahlquist was appointed to the Payson Justice Court in April 2008. Judge Dahlquist after having successfully completed coursework in the Utah Judicial Institute received his Certificate in Legal Studies from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Judge Dahlquist graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 1975, with a degree in music education and worked for 30 years as choral director at Payson High School before retiring in June 2005. Judge Dahlquist is also the founder and musical director of the Payson Civic Chorale, having performed in Carnegie Hall and most recently with them in Dublin, Ireland, and has been actively involved with the Payson Community Theater. 4/17


JUDGE SHERLYNN FENSTERMAKERJudge Sherlynn White Fenstermaker was appointed to serve as a Judge in the Springville and Mapleton Justice Courts in 2007. She was born in Cedar City, Utah and attended schools in Parowan and Cedar City, Utah. She graduated from Southern Utah State College in 1975 with a degree in Political Science. Judge Fenstermaker graduated from the J Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1979. She practiced law in Salt Lake City with the firm of Hanson, Russon, Hanson and Dunn from 1979 to 1984. Since 1984 she has been a member of the firm of Ivie and Young in Provo, Utah. From 1985 to 2007, she also worked as the Springville City Prosecutor. Judge Fenstermaker previously served on the Springville Library Board, the Utah County Housing Authority Board and as a member of the Utah County Career Services Council. Judge Fenstermaker has served as the Justice Courts Education Committee Chair. 9/17


JUDGE DEBRA L. HAVERON Appointed to the West Millard County Justice Court in 1995, Judge Debra Haveron now serves the consolidated Millard County Justice Court, with offices in Delta and Fillmore. In 2015, she also began serving the Delta City Justice Court. Prior to her first appointment to the bench, she worked as the West Millard court clerk. Judge Haveron attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and is a graduate of the Utah Legal Institute for Justice Court Judges. Judge Haveron regularly invites elementary school students into her courtroom and teaches in middle and high school classrooms. She has served as a member of the Board of Justice Court Judges, the Justice Court Education Committee, as an assistant Fourth District education director, and on the Bail Committee. 9/17


 Judge Carolyn Howard was appointed to the Saratoga Springs Justice Court in January 2013. Judge Howard is also a tenured professor in the Legal Studies Department at Utah Valley University and has worked at the law office of Wasatch Lawyers, Bartholomew & Associates since 2007. Judge Howard received her law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from BYU. 9/17


JUDGE REED S. PARKINJudge Reed S. Parkin serves the Orem City Justice Court. His initial appointment to the bench was in April 2005. He previously served the Bluffdale, Herriman, and Heber justice courts. Judge Parkin earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in 2004, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 1998, and an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Salt Lake Community College in 1992. He serves as a member of the Utah Judicial Council and has served on the Board of Justice Court Judges. He is an adjunct professor teaching courses in the school of business and criminal justice programs. 10/13


JUDGE CYNDEE PROBERTJudge Cyndee Probert was appointed to the Fillmore Justice Court in 2015. Judge Probert graduated from the American Institute for Medical Assisting with a certificate in medical office management. She has worked at the Sevier Valley Hospital and was also employed for eight years as a court clerk where she assisted the Millard County and Fillmore City justice courts. 11/15


JUDGE STEVAN W. RIDGEJudge Stevan W. Ridge was appointed to the Heber City Justice Court in June 2002 and to the Utah County Justice Court in January 2008. He has served eight years on the bench. Judge Ridge was educated at Utah State University and Weber State University. He is a graduate of the Utah Law Enforcement Academy and the Utah Corrections Academy. For 23 years, Judge Ridge served as a law enforcement officer with the Wasatch County Sheriff's Department and the Utah Department of Corrections. He has completed the Utah Judicial Institute training program and has served two terms as education director for the 4th District Justice Court judges. 4/10


JUDGE VERNON F. ROMNEYJudge Vernon F. Romney was appointed to the Provo City Justice Court bench in July 2007. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English in 1979 and a law degree in 1982. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Romney worked for 22 years in the Provo City attorney's office, at which time he served primarily as lead city prosecutor. Judge Romney has served as president of the Central Utah Bar Association, president of the Utah Municipal Prosecutor's Association, chair of the Fourth District Court's Victim's Rights Committee, as a member of the Utah Domestic Violence Council, and as a member of the training committee for the Utah Prosecution Council. 04/10


  KELLY SCHAEFFER-BULLOCKJudge Kelly N. Schaeffer-Bullock was appointed to the Highland/Alpine City Justice Court in January 2017. Judge Schaeffer-Bullock graduated from Brigham Young University - Hawaii Campus in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts, and later earned her Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2008. Prior to appointment, Judge Schaeffer-Bullock had spent the majority of her legal career as a municipal prosecutor, though she gained civil experience when working for the law firm of Bugden & Isaacson, LLC. She also continues to serve as a lecturer and researcher at BYU's law school. Judge Schaeffer-Bullock is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and devoted to the mission of that organization. 9/17


JUDGE BROOK SESSIONSJudge Brook Sessions was appointed to the Wasatch County Justice Court in August 2015. Judge Sessions graduated from Utah State University where he majored in business with a specialization in finance and a minor in economics. After graduating from Utah State, he attended law school at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1991 with a J. D. degree. Judge Sessions worked as a clerk for an Oregon Circuit Court judge before returning to Utah where he has worked in private practice since 1992. He represented parties in a wide variety of cases and facilitated case resolution as a mediator. Judge Sessions is admitted in all Utah state and federal courts as well as in the Oregon courts. He is or has been a member of the Utah State Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Bar Association, and the Utah Trial Lawyers Association. When not adjudicating cases in Wasatch County, Judge Sessions continues to mediate family law cases all over the state. 9/15


JUDGE SHARLA T. WILLIAMSJudge Sharla T. Williams was appointed to Nephi Precinct Court in Juab County in January 1991. In September 2008, Judge Williams was appointed to the Santaquin/Genola/Goshen Justice Court. She attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Judge Williams was given the Honor of "Dedicated Service"" in the year 1995. 4/10

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