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SALT LAKE CITY - The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two judicial vacancies. The vacancies result from the appointment of Judge Michele Christiansen to the Utah Court of Appeals and the retirement of Judge Stephen Henriod, effective December 31, 2010. The 3rd Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
 
The nominees for Judge Christiansen's position are: Charlene Barlow, Murray, section chief, Utah Attorney General's Office; Michelle R. Blomquist, Draper, Domestic Relations Commissioner, 3rd Judicial District; Evelyn J. Furse, Peoa, senior city attorney, Salt Lake City Corporation; Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills, Salt Lake City, shareholder, Richards Brandt Miller Nelson; Andrew H. Stone, shareholder, Jones, Waldo, Holbrook and McDonough.
 
The nominees for Judge Henriod's position are: Michelle R. Blomquist, Draper, Domestic Relations Commissioner, 3rd Judicial District; Evelyn J. Furse, Peoa, senior city attorney, Salt Lake City Corporation; Jeffrey W. Hall, Sandy, sole practitioner; Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills, Salt Lake City, shareholder, Richards Brandt Miller Nelson; Andrew H. Stone, shareholder, Jones, Waldo, Holbrook and McDonough.
 
After a 10-day public comment period, the names will be submitted to Governor Gary R. Herbert for consideration. Written comments can be submitted to 3rd District Nominating Commission Chair Trina Higgins at Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, P.O. Box 142330, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2330. The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. on September 20, 2010.
 
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 the Governor, who will have 30 days to make an appointment. Governor Herbert's appointee is then forwarded to the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee, which reviews the appointee's qualifications and conducts a public hearing and interview. The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee may forward the appointee to the Utah State Senate, which has 60 days from the Governor's appointment to confirm the appointee.

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