7 nominees announced for Utah Supreme Court vacancy


The nominees to interchange retiring Justice Constandinos “Deno” Himonas embody 6 judges and a BYU legislation professor.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Supreme Court docket justices Paige Petersen, John A. Pearce, Constandinos Himonas, Thomas R. Lee and Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, from left, collect on the senate flooring for the beginning of the 2018 legislative session and to present the state of the judiciary deal with by Chief Justice Durrant on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Fee has introduced its nominations for a emptiness on the Utah Supreme Court docket.

In accordance with a Monday information launch, the seven nominees embody Fourth District Court docket judges Jennifer Brown and Derek Pullan; Utah Court docket of Appeals judges Diana Hagen, Ryan Harris and Jill Pohlman; Salt Lake Metropolis Justice Court docket Choose Clemens Landau; and BYU Regulation Faculty Professor Debra Carolina Nunez.

A spot on the five-person court docket opened after Utah Supreme Court docket Justice Constandinos “Deno” Himonas submitted his resignation to Gov. Spencer Cox in October, following slightly over six years of public service in that position.

March 1 shall be Himonas’ last day on the court docket.

“It has been my singular honor to have served the folks of Utah, first as a trial decide on the Third Judicial District Court docket (2004-2015) after which as a justice on the Utah Supreme Court docket (2015-2022),” he wrote in his retirement letter. “I pray that I’ve served with some modicum of benefit and that I’ve not disenchanted those that appointed me to the bench — Governors Olene Walker and Gary Herbert.”

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Fee is now open for written public touch upon its picks till midday on March 11.

Written feedback might be submitted through e mail to judicialvacancies@utah.gov or in-person on the Fee on Felony and Juvenile Justice’s P.O. Field 142330 in Salt Lake Metropolis, in line with the information launch. The fee will evaluate the feedback and will request additional info or conduct investigations of the nominees.

After the interval for public remark concludes, the fee will ahead the names to Cox, who may have 30 days to make an appointment. The appointee will then be topic to affirmation by the Utah Senate.

The nominees

  • Choose Jennifer Brown graduated cum laude from the Brigham Younger College J. Reuben Clark Regulation Faculty and was appointed to the Fourth District Court docket in 2014 by former Gov. Gary Herbert. On the time, Herbert praised Brown as “a girl of excessive character whose knowledge and expertise will enormously profit the 4th District.”

  • Choose Derek Pullan additionally graduated cum laude from the BYU J. Reuben Clark Regulation Faculty and was appointed to the Fourth District Court docket in 2003 by former Gov. Olene Walker.

  • Choose Diana Hagen graduated with honors from the College of Utah’s S.J. Quinney School of Regulation in 1998. She was appointed to the Utah Court docket of Appeals by Herbert in 2017. She additionally serves as chair of the Judicial Department Training Committee and the Oversight Committee for the Workplace of Skilled Conduct.

  • Choose Ryan Harris graduated with distinction from Stanford Regulation Faculty in 1998 and was appointed to the Utah Court docket of Appeals by Herbert in 2017. He’s additionally at present an adjunct professor of legislation on the College of Utah’s S.J. Quinney School of Regulation.

  • Choose Jill Pohlman graduated from the College of Utah’s S.J. Quinney School of Regulation and was appointed to the Utah Court docket of Appeals in 2016 by Herbert.

  • Choose Clemens Landau graduated from the College of Utah’s S.J. Quinney School of Regulation in 2008 and was appointed to the Salt Lake Metropolis Justice Court docket by Mayor Jackie Biskupski in 2017. Landau can also be a member of Utah’s Entry to Justice Fee and the Administrative Workplace of the Court docket’s Standing Committee on Know-how.

  • Debra Carolina Nunez is an affiliate professor of legislation on the BYU J. Reuben Clark Regulation Faculty, the place she graduated in 2004. She makes a speciality of immigration legislation, skilled duty and torts.