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Judge Michele M. Christiansen was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in June 2010 by Governor Gary Herbert. Prior to her appointment, Judge Christiansen had been serving as a Third District Court Judge since May 2007. Judge Christiansen received her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1995. She then served as a judicial law clerk for one year with the Honorable Tena Campbell, United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah, following which she joined the Salt Lake law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. In March 1998, Judge Christiansen joined the United State Attorney's Office, District of Utah, as an Assistant United States Attorney. In January 2005, she was appointed executive director of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and in July of 2006, Judge Christiansen became general counsel to Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. During her tenure in the Governor's Office, Judge Christiansen chaired and served on many committees and councils focusing on violence against women, sexual assault, substance abuse, and children's justice issues. Judge Christiansen is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, and currently serves as Co-chair of the Utah State Bar's Pro Bono Commission. She also serves on the Executive Board of Women Lawyers of Utah, on the Salt Lake County Bar Association Executive Committee, on the Utah State Bar's Appellate Practice Section Board, as a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Judicial Council's Ethics Advisory Committee, and as chair of the Judicial Council's Commissioner Conduct Committee. 8/16

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