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Judge David N. Mortensen was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2016 by Gov. Gary M. Herbert. Prior to his appointment, Judge Mortensen served as a trial judge in the Fourth District Court for almost ten years. Judge Mortensen served multiple terms as the presiding judge and associate presiding judge of the Fourth District Court. Judge Mortensen graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1993. Judge Mortensen was in private practice as a trial attorney before becoming a judge. He is a member of the A. Sherman Christensen Inn of Court. Judge Mortensen previously served as a member of the Utah Judicial Council and as a member of the Board of District Court Judges. In 2015 and 2016 Judge Mortensen received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar. Judge Mortensen received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Government and Politics Legal Society of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He taught as an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Judge Mortensen is currently the Chair of the Court Facilities Planning Committee, and a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and the Utah State Court`s Technology Committee. Judge Mortensen also currently serves on the Judicial Conduct Commission. 12/17

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