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SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed three judges in the Eighth Judicial District: Keith E. Eddington and Ryan B. Evershed to the Juvenile Court, and Samuel P. Chiara to the District Court.

"Keith, Ryan and Samuel have each proven to be dedicated professionals capable of protecting and serving the people of Utah," said Governor Herbert. "I'm confident their extensive ability and experience will greatly benefit our state."

Keith E. Eddington
Eddington began private practice in 2006 and served as a Ute Tribe Social Service Attorney. In addition to his private practice, Eddington has taught business law as an adjunct professor at Utah State University and served as Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Division of the state.

Eddington received his Juris Doctor degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University.  

Ryan B. Evershed
Evershed gained valuable experience in Juvenile Court when he represented the Child Protection Division of the Utah Attorney General's Office in court cases involving child abuse, neglect and dependency. In 2008, Evershed opened his own practice, specializing in family, criminal and juvenile law. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Uintah/ Daggett County Children's Justice Center.

Evershed received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.


Samuel P. Chiara
Chiara began private practice in 1997 and gained valuable experience in many areas of the law, including contracts, property law, criminal defense, family law, personal injury and probate. Chiara also served on the Carbon County School Board and currently serves as a volunteer instructor of business law at the College of Eastern Utah.

Chiara received his Juris Doctor degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University.  

Judicial appointments are subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate.  

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