SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Catherine S. Conklin to fill a vacancy on the Second District Court bench.
“Catherine possesses both outstanding skills and a breadth of practice areas that will make her an asset to the bench,” said Governor Herbert. “She has demonstrated a commitment to serving the people of Utah and will now do so as a judge.”
“I am honored and humbled to have been selected from such a qualified field of candidates,” said Conklin. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people in the Second Judicial District.”
Conklin was admitted to the Utah Bar in 1996. Since that time, she has practiced in a variety of areas including domestic, criminal, and civil litigation. Conklin has also taught as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Weber State University. In 2007, Conklin left private practice to serve as a domestic relations commissioner for the Second District Court.
During her professional career, Conklin has been actively engaged in her community. She serves on various councils, committees and associations, including the Judicial Council Standing Committee on Education and the Family Law Executive Committee. Conklin also serves as co-editor-in-chief of the Utah Journal of Family Law.
Conklin earned her law degree from Hastings College of Law at University of California in 1996. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Weber State University in 1991, graduating magna cum laude.
Conklin is appointed to the position held by Judge Michael D. Lyon who will retire September 1, 2013. Judicial appointments are subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate.