Salt Lake City, UT—The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees  for  a  judicial  vacancy  in  the  Salt  Lake  City  Justice  Court.  The position   will replace Judge L.G. Cutler who retired effective Feb. 28, 2019.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

  • Matthew Barraza, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Salt Lake City
  • Remington “Jiro” Johnson, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Cottonwood Heights
  • Katherine Peters, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Salt Lake City
  • Heather Thuet, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Salt Lake City
  • Jenifer Tomchak, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Salt Lake City


A comment period will be held through April 19, 2019. A final candidate will then be selected by Salt Lake City Mayor, Jackie Biskupski, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Salt Lake City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, please contact Amy Hernandez at

Bryce, UT — A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 10, 2019, to hear testimony to determine whether reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn, located at 26 S Main St, Bryce, Utah 84764.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact Michael C. Drechsel, Associate General Counsel for the Administrative Office of the Courts, at (801) 578-3821 by Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by that time, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.

Individuals testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing.

Utah’s Grand Jury Statute requires a panel of judges selected from throughout the state to hold hearings in each judicial district every three years. The purpose of the hearings is to determine whether a grand jury needs to be summoned based on evidence of criminal activity. The Grand Jury Panel is comprised of the following judges: Supervising Judge W. Brent West, 2nd District Court; Judge Lynn W. Davis, 4th District Court; Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, 3rd District Court; Judge Eric A. Ludlow, 5th District Court; and Judge Kara Pettit, 3rd District Court.

The Attorney General, a county attorney, district attorney, or special prosecutor appointed under U.C.A. section 77-10a-1 can also present evidence of criminal activity. The panel of judges will hear, in secret, all persons claiming information that justifies calling a grand jury. All individuals appearing before the panel of judges will be placed under oath. If a grand jury is summoned, the jurors will be called from the state-at-large or any judicial district within the state.

Additional information regarding the Grand Jury panel of judges is available at the Utah Court’s website or in the Utah Code.

invites applications for the position of:


PHYSICAL ADDRESS:         Utah Legislature
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
210 House Building State Capitol Complex
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

OPENING DATE:                  Friday, April 12, 2019

CLOSING DATE:                  Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11:59 pm


An associate general counsel for the Utah Legislature is a lawyer who provides nonpartisan legal services to the Utah Legislature under the direction of the Legislature’s general counsel.  The legislature’s general counsel, and a team of 20 other lawyers currently employed as associate general counsel, provide nonpartisan legal services to all 104 members of the Utah Legislature.

A candidate should possess the temperament and personality to function effectively in a high pressure, fast-paced, political environment.  A candidate must be able to maintain neutrality and objectivity, regardless of the candidate’s personal beliefs: specifically, the candidate must be able to work with legislators with different party affiliations, opinions, and philosophies, and be able to work on legislation that promotes various public policy positions. Additionally, a candidate must be able to work with legislative attorneys and other legislative staff with varying areas of expertise and varying levels of experience.


Each associate general counsel is employed by the Legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.  Each associate general counsel is assigned responsibility for a portion of the Utah Code, usually within a broad subject area such as Judiciary, Business and Labor, Tax, etc.

The associate general counsel provides legal services, drafting services, policy analysis, and administrative assistance to legislators, legislative committees, and other legislative staff offices, as part of a team that includes the associate general counsel, a policy analyst (who has a master’s or doctorate degree) and an administrative assistant.

More specifically, an associate general counsel’s duties include:

Representation of legislative clients: Under the direction of the legislative general counsel, an associate general counsel services as legal counsel to: the Legislature; the majority and minority leadership of the House and Senate; the Legislature’s committees, subcommittees and task forces; individual legislators; each of the Legislature’s staff offices; and, under certain circumstances, to individual legislative staff members. In providing legal counsel, an associate general counsel will provide statutory interpretation, constitutional interpretation and analysis, general legal analysis and advice, and, when necessary, represent legislative clients in federal or state courts or before administrative agencies.

Preparation of legislation and other legal documents: Under the direction of the general counsel, an associate general counsel drafts legislative bills, resolutions, substitutes, amendments, legal opinions, contracts, court pleadings, and other legal documents and gives advice and counsel regarding those documents to legislative clients.

Committee work and general guidance to legislative clients: Under the direction of the Director of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel and the General Counsel, each associate general counsel, as part of a team, provides staff services to assigned legislative committees and to individual legislators by:

  • Assisting committee chairs in planning the work of the committee;
  • Drafting legislation and amendments for review by the committee;
  • Advising committee chairs and committee members regarding constitutional and legal requirements, legislative rules, and parliamentary procedures relating to the conduct of meetings and the legislative process;
  • Conducting legal and policy research for, presenting legal and policy information to, and providing legal analysis for, legislative committees and individual legislators.

Other Tasks: Under the direction of the general counsel, each associate general counsel performs other duties as required, including: preserving, reviewing, classifying, duplicating, and filing records created or received by the associate general counsel; assisting in correcting, editing, and updating the Utah Code; serving on workgroups and committees within or on behalf of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel; and completing other duties assigned by the director of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel or the general counsel.


A candidate for employment as an associate general counsel must:

  • Be a member of the Utah State Bar in good standing on or before November 1, 2019
  • Demonstrate proficiency in:
    • Writing
    • Legal analysis
    • Oral communication
    • Providing objective, neutral, and in-depth legal analysis and conclusions
    • Familiarity with the Utah Legislative process
    • Working with others on a team
    • Interpersonal communication and relationships
    • Attention to detail
    • Issue spotting
    • Professional temperament
  • Must be able to work extended hours during the legislative session, on interim days, and as needed throughout the year
  • Must be non-partisan


SALARY:        $34.00-$43.00 per hour plus comprehensive medical, dental, leave, and retirement benefits

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:    Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references by email, postal mail, or in person, no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019.    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

John Fellows

General Counsel

c/o Chris Peterson (
W000 House Building
State Capitol Complex
Salt Lake City, UT  84114


Employees in this position serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer in an at will status and may be terminated at any time without cause. This is not a career service position.

The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. Reasonable accommodations provided to known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, contact Chris Peterson at 801-326-1596.

 Veteran’s Preference (Utah Code Ann. 71-10-1, et. Seq.) An applicant claiming veteran’s preference must do so in the body of the cover letter by providing sufficient information to identify the type of veteran’s preference requested. Additionally, a copy of the applicant’s DD-214 must be attached to the resume. If a disabled preference is claimed, a copy of the applicant’s letter form the VA stating the disability percentage granted must also be attached.