SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed four attorneys to the bench in the Second Judicial District, which serves Davis, Morgan and Weber counties.
"The people of the Second District will be well served by these four future judges," Gov. Herbert said. "Each has excelled in his or her legal career and each comes highly recommended by the bar and bench."
The governor's appointments are subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.
The judges appointed were:
Michelle E. Heward Juvenile Court Judge, Weber County
Heward is a full-time professor of criminal justice at Weber State University and a Justice Court judge.
She has previously served as a Deputy County Attorney in Weber County, where she screened cases involving juvenile defendants, and as a private attorney in a general law practice.
Heward has a juris doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law. She has been appointed to replace Juvenile Court Judge L. Kent Bachman, who will retire Aug. 1, 2010.
Jeffrey J. Noland Juvenile Court Judge, Davis County
Noland currently serves as a managing attorney for the Salt Lake Office of the Guardian ad Litem.
Prior to joining that office in 2006, he was in private practice, representing parents in juvenile court in abuse, neglect and termination proceedings filed in juvenile court.
Noland has a juris doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law.
He has been appointed to replace Juvenile Judge Stephen Van Dyke, who retires on Aug. 16, 2010.
David R. Hamilton District Court Judge, Davis County
Hamilton is in private practice in Ogden, and focuses on mediation, personal injury, insurance defense and domestic cases. His also has experience in the area of criminal defense.
Prior to his solo practice, Hamilton was a partner at Smith, Knowles & Hamilton in Ogden.
Hamilton has a juris doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law.
He has been appointed to replace Judge Jon Memmott, who retired May 1, 2010.
Noel S. Hyde District Court Judge, Weber County
Hyde currently practiced privately in South Ogden, primarily in small business matters, bankruptcy and commercial litigation.
Prior to starting his own practice in May 2001, he was a domestic and general litigator with the firm Nielsen & Senior.
Hyde has a juris doctorate from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School.
He has been appointed to replace Judge Pamela Heffernan, who retired June 1, 2010.