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SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 26, 2014) -  Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Tupakk A.G. Renteria to fill a vacancy on the Third District Juvenile Court.

"Tupakk's extensive expertise in working with abused children and domestic violence cases, along with his unquestionable integrity make him a valuable asset on the bench," said Governor Herbert.  "His intelligence and experience will greatly benefit the families of Utah.  I am pleased to appoint someone with his keen judgment."

"I am humbled and honored by Governor Herbert's selection to serve as a Juvenile Court Judge in the Third District," said Renteria. "I look forward to serving the citizens of the State of Utah and especially working with the youth in our communities."

Renteria presently serves as Salt Lake County deputy district attorney, a post held since 2007, where he screens and prosecutes felony cases involving sexual and physical abuse of children, and sexual offenses against adults. He served as lead attorney for training paralegals in domestic violence lethality and establishing support plans for victims facing the release of defendants from incarceration. Renteria has prosecuted cases involving kidnapping, driving under the influence, aggravated assault, robbery and homicide while working for the Salt Lake County district attorney's office.

Renteria received his Juris Doctor in 2000 from Temple University School of Law, where he was the president of the Latino Law Student Association. In 1993, Renteria completed his Bachelor of Arts in ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He also served as a senior assistant prosecutor for Salt Lake City from 2005 to 2007, and as judge pro tempore for the Salt Lake City Justice Court from 2005 to 2010.

Born in Mexico before moving to the United States at the age of five, Renteria is fluent in Spanish and assisted fellow attorneys as an interpreter in domestic violence cases for the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

Renteria fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Andrew Valdez on November 1, 2013. The governor's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate.

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