Farmington Judges retiring 5/15

Judges Michael Allphin, left, and Glen Dawson sent their retirement notices to the governor’s office earlier this year, which Gov. Gary Herbert accepted, according to Utah State Court spokesperson Geoff Fattah.

FARMINGTON — Utah’s 2nd Judicial District will soon have two benches to fill. 

Judges Michael Allphin and Glen Dawson sent their retirement notices to Gov. Gary Herbert’s office earlier this year, according to Utah State Courts spokesperson Geoff Fattah.

Allphin’s last day in court is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, Fattah said in an email. Dawson’s last day has yet to be announced, but it will be later this year. 

Allphin has served as a judge since July 1995 after being appointed by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt, according to the Utah Courts website. He graduated from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1980.

Early in his career, Allphin practiced law throughout the state and served as a state district court administrator from 1988 to 1989. He was appointed in May 1989 as a district court commissioner in the 3rd District and later transferred to the 2nd District.

Dawson began his time on the bench a few months before Allphin, starting in September of 1994. He was also appointed by Gov. Leavitt. 

After graduating from the J. Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University in 1980, Dawson worked as a trial attorney in Washington, D.C., for the Department of Justice for six years. He returned to Utah in 1986 and worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah until he was appointed to be a judge.

Currently, Dawson oversees Davis County’s mental health court. He is also an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

It is unclear as of Tuesday who will be replacing the two judges. 

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