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Gov. Cox appoints new judge to Utah Supreme Court

Jun 28, 2022, 2:49 PM
(Courtesy: Office of the Governor)...
(Courtesy: Office of the Governor)
(Courtesy: Office of the Governor)

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer J. Cox named Utah Court of Appeals Judge Jill M. Pohlman as his choice to serve as a Utah Supreme Court Justice, if confirmed it will be the first time the Utah Supreme Court will have a female majority.

The governor’s nominations still require a confirmation by the Utah Senate, if Pohlman is confirmed, the five-member Utah Supreme Court will be majority women for the first time in
state history.

“After meeting with Judge Pohlman, reading her opinions and learning about her demeanor and reputation, I’m completely convinced she is the right choice to serve the people of Utah on the
Supreme Court,” Gov. Cox said. “Her brilliant legal mind and her commitment to the rule of law will reinforce public trust in this vital institution.”

Pohlman’s history includes a partner at the law firm of Stoel Rives in both their litigation and appellate practice groups. She also clerked for Chief Judge David K. Winder of the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in June 2016 by former Gov. Gary R. Herbert and currently serves as associate presiding judge.

“I am truly honored to be appointed by Gov. Cox to the Utah Supreme Court,” Pohlman said. “I have been privileged to serve the citizens of Utah as a member of the Court of Appeals, and I am
humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve in a new role. If confirmed, I will do my very best to apply the law with impartiality and fidelity and to treat everyone with courtesy and
respect.”

According to the a release from the Governor’s Office, “Pohlman earned her law degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where
she graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the Utah Law Review. She also graduated magna cum laude with dual bachelor of science degrees in both political science and communication from the University of Utah, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.”

Pohlman was born in Ogden and raised along the Wasatch Front. She lives with her husband, Troy, and their three children.

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Gov. Cox appoints new judge to Utah Supreme Court