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Governor Nominates 3rd District Judge

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. has nominated Michele M. Christiansen of Salt Lake City, Utah, to serve as a judge on the Utah Third District Court. If confirmed by the Utah Senate, Christiansen will replace Judge Leslie Lewis.

"It is an honor for me to nominate Michele to the bench, she is one of the most dedicated, capable, and experienced lawyers with whom I have had the pleasure of working," said Governor Huntsman. "I am confident that Michele will bring her strong work ethic and individualized perspective to the Third District Court and will continue her strong commitment to public service in this new capacity."

Christiansen is currently serving as General Counsel to Governor Huntsman. Previously, Michele Christiansen was employed as the Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice in the Executive Branch, as an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City, and an attorney with the Salt Lake City-based law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. Christiansen served as a judicial law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Tena Campbell and is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law. Christiansen currently serves as the co-Chair of the Joint Methamphetamine Task Force, Chair of the Utah Sexual Violence Council, and as a member of the Guardian ad Litem Oversight Committee. Christiansen has also served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem and a judge protempore for the Salt Lake City Justice Court.

"I am humbled and thrilled to have been chosen by the Governor to continue in public service as a Third District Court judge," said Christiansen on Tuesday, "I take the responsibility of judicial service very seriously, and if I am confirmed, I hope that my tenure on the bench will demonstrate my commitment to public service, impartial justice and to the rule of law."

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