Nominees announced for Utah Court of Appeals vacancy

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals. This position results from the confirmation of Judge Jill Pohlman to the Utah Supreme Court on Aug. 17, 2022.

The nominees for the vacancy are: Rita Cornish, Judge, Second District Court; William Hains, Assistant Solicitor General, Utah Attorney General’s Office; Debra Nelson, Chief Appellate Officer, Indigent Appellate Defense Division; Amy Oliver, Judge, Third District Court; Samantha Slark, Senior Attorney, Salt Lake City Corporation; Jennifer Valencia, Judge, Second District Court; Dallas Young, Attorney, Utah County Public Defender Association.

Written comments can be submitted to the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission at [email protected] or Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, P.O. Box 142330, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2330. The deadline for written comments is noon Nov. 28, 2022. The Nominating Commission may request further information or conduct an investigation of the nominees after reviewing public comments. After the public comment period, the names will be sent to Gov. Spencer J. Cox, who will have 30 days to make an appointment. Gov. Cox’s appointee is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.