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SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted to not endorse Su J. Chon, Governor Gary R. Herbert's nominee for the Third District Court. Chon's nomination will advance to the entire Senate in an extraordinary session tomorrow. Today the Governor issued the following statement in support of Chon:
 
"Without question Su Chon possesses the skills and experience to be an outstanding judge. For more than 18 years, she has excelled in her practice in both the public and private sectors where she has focused on complex real property and banking issues. She is consistently praised by her colleagues as intelligent, hardworking and ethical-all traits that will serve Utah's judiciary and residents well.
 
"Others have noted her excellent demeanor and diligence when conducting arbitrations and mediations for the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman. On four different occasions, she has been named one of Utah's Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine and honored as a "rising star" by the Rocky Mountain Super Lawyers in 2008.
 
"In addition, Su has given back to the community, serving as a Utah State Bar Commissioner, and was named the 2005 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Utah State Bar. I hope when considered by the entire Utah Senate, they will see she is more than qualified to serve the people of Utah as a judge."
 
Governor Herbert's other nominee, James T. Blanch, was endorsed by the Senate committee and will also advance to the entire body for consideration. The Governor's Office has distributed a one-page fact sheet to members of the Utah State Senate, touting Chon's experience and credentials.

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