Ten state court judges from across the state of Utah — including Seventh District Court Judge Lyle Anderson — along with Utah Court of Appeals Judge Gregory K. Orme and Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant received the Judicial Excellence Award during the Utah State Bar Litigation Section conference in Moab on Friday, Nov. 10.
The litigation section gives the award and Heather L. Thuet, a partner in the Salt Lake City law firm of Christensen & Jensen, is the impetus behind the awards, which began in 2014. As vice-chair of the bar association’s litigation section, Thuet observed that Utah’s exceptional judges were not receiving recognition for their service.
Thuet initiated and has continued to spearhead the program. Each year, the 2,000-plus members of the litigation section (the largest section of the Utah Bar) cast their vote for judges from across the state.
According to Thuet, the award is given to recognize the judges “who promote an orderly and civil litigation process and have demonstrated exemplary character and competence in performing their judicial duties.”