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SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two vacancies on the district court. The vacancies result from the retirement of Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki, effective October 1, 2011 and Judge Joseph C. Fratto, Jr., effective December 16, 2011. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.

The nominees for Judge Iwasaki's vacancy are: James Blanch, Salt Lake City, shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer; Curtis Garner, Cottonwood Heights, member, Board of Pardons and Parole; Ryan Harris, Salt Lake City, shareholder, Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough; Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, Salt Lake City, shareholder, Richards Brandt Miller Nelson; and Philip Lott, Sandy, assistant attorney general, Utah Attorney General's Office.
 
The nominees for Judge Fratto's vacancy are: S. Grace Acosta, Salt Lake City, associate, Scalley Reading Bates Hansen & Rasmussen; James Blanch, Salt Lake City, shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer; Curtis Garner, Cottonwood Heights, member, Board of Pardons and Parole; Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, Salt Lake City, shareholder, Richards Brandt Miller Nelson; and Brent Johnson, Sandy, general counsel, Utah State Courts.
 
Written comments can be submitted to Third District Judicial Nominating Commission Chair Deirdre Straight 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 August 1. 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 Governor Gary R. Herbert, who will have 30 days to make an appointment. Governor Herbert's appointee is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.

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