Judge Kevin Allen to Retire from First District Bench
Logan, UT—Judge Kevin K. Allen has announced that he will be retiring from the bench after serving over 11 distinguished years. Judge Allen submitted his notice this week to Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant and Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.
“We deeply appreciate Judge Allen’s eleven years of dedicated service. Not only has he been an excellent judge, but he has made important contributions to the administration of the judicial system,” Chief Justice Durrant said.
Judge Allen was appointed to the First District bench in 2008 by then Governor Jon M. Huntsman. He is a native of Cache County, and received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. While in law school, Judge Allen was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and after graduation, served in the JAG Corp where he eventually became the lead prosecutor for the Northeast Command and the Tax Officer for the European and Southwest Asia Command. Upon leaving active duty as a Lieutenant Commander, Judge Allen returned to Logan and practiced law primarily in civil matters.
Judge Allen established and presides over the First District Mental Health Court in Logan and has been a strong proponent within the judiciary of Mental Health Courts and other judicial intervention programs for the mentally ill. Additionally, Judge Allen is a co-founder of the National Mental Health Court Summit held in Park City. He served as a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission and as a member of the Utah Board of District Court Judges where he eventually became Chair. He currently serves as a member of the Utah Judicial Council, the governing board of the Utah Judiciary.
Judge Allen has announced he will be retiring in August, after which Governor Herbert will nominate a new judge with confirmation by the Utah State Senate.
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