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Change at Governor's Office

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., today announced his General Counsel, Michael Lee, has accepted an offer to serve as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Lee will begin his clerkship with Justice Alito in July, 2006.

"Selfishly I am disappointed, but extremely proud of Mike. There have been only a handful of Utahns who have ever been selected for this prestigious post in Washington. Mike has shown incredible dedication and has proven his considerable legal acumen this past year and a half. The Governor's Office and the State of Utah have benefited from his service."

Additionally, Governor Huntsman announced that Michele Christiansen will assume the General Counsel position. Christiansen currently serves as Director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Prior to her appointment at CCJJ, Christiansen was an Assistant United States Attorney for seven years. Her legal experience includes working for the Salt Lake law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer and clerking for Utah Federal District Court. Christiansen is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and earned her law degree from The University of Utah School of Law.

"Michele is a very talented attorney and I have benefited from her counsel, friendship and leadership at CCJJ. I look forward to working with her in this new role."

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