OGDEN -- Judge Michael D. Lyon has been named Judge of the Year by the Utah State Bar.
Lyon was appointed to the Ogden 2nd District Court in July 1992 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter. He twice served as presiding judge of the 2nd District. He has also served on the Utah Judicial Council, as a member and chairman of the Utah Board of District Judges and of the Governor's Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee.
The award was presented at the bar's annual convention last week in Snowmass Village, Colo.
Before becoming a district judge, Lyon was the justice court judge for South Ogden for 18 years.
"So I've had 39 years of judging people in this community, and maybe that's long enough," said the 70-year-old in a bar news release. He recently announced his retirement from the bench, effective Sept. 1.
Lyon will take occasional cases as a senior judge, and plans to continue to preside over the Doug Lovell capital homicide case, which he took over in 2003 with the retirement of the late Judge Stanton Taylor. Lovell's 1993 admissions to a 1985 homicide, long in the appeal stage, is scheduled for trial in February.
Lyon was founding president of the Rex E. Lee American Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to promoting ethics and professionalism within the legal profession, and he remains an active member today. He received his B.S., cum laude, from Weber State College and his law degree from the University of Utah.
He is the author of two articles that appeared in the Utah Bar Journal: "The Source of Funds Rule - Equitably Classifying Separate and Marital Property," August 1998, and "Practices of Successful Lawyers Appreciated by Trial Judges," April 2003.
Lyon also practiced law with the firm of Lyon, Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones in Ogden. He is a former Clinton city attorney and deputy Weber County attorney. He is a past member of the bar's Ethics and Disciplinary Committee and the Courts and Judges Committee.