SALT LAKE CITY -- The governor has named Catherine S. Conklin as his nominee to fill a coming vacancy in Ogden's 2nd District Court.
Conklin currently serves as a domestic relations commissioner in the Ogden courthouse, a position she has held since 2007.
"Catherine possesses both outstanding skills and a breadth of practice areas that will make her an asset to the bench," Gov. Gary R. Herbert said Tuesday in announcing his selection of Conklin. "She has demonstrated a commitment to serving the people of Utah and will now do so as a judge."
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 Sept. 1. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate.
Conklin emerged from a field of 34 candidates who applied for the position this spring. The hopefuls were narrowed to a final five and were forwarded to the governor's office by the 2nd District Court Judicial Nominating Commission.
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 take the domestic relations post in the Ogden courthouse.
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.