Located in the Great Hall on SUU's Campus
The APEX Series will be holding a special live court session which will provide students, faculty and community an insight to the real life application of law and a unique perspective on our justice system.
There will be extra security for this event, so please plan to arrive early if possible.
Bios of the Judges
PRESIDING JUDGE GREGORY K. ORME
Judge Gregory K. Orme was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter in January 1987. He is the court's Associate Presiding Judge. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1975. Three years later he received a law degree, with high honors, from George Washington University, in Washington D.C. Judge Orme served as a law clerk to Judge Monroe G. McKay, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was a partner in the law firm of VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. Judge Orme has served a two-year term as presiding judge, four terms on the Judicial Council, six years as chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee, ten years on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, six years as chair of the Commissioner Conduct Committee, and twelve years on the Utah Sentencing Commission. Judge Orme currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure and is the judicial advisor to the Utah Bar Journal. He was a member of the executive committee of the Utah State Bar's Appellate Practice Section for many years. Judge Orme is the recipient of the Utah State Bar's annual awards for Young Lawyer of the Year (1986) and Judge of the Year (2007). He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 7/16
JUDGE JILL M. POHLMAN
Judge Jill M. Pohlman was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2016 by Governor Gary Herbert. Judge Pohlman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1993, and received her Juris Doctorate from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1996, where she served on the Utah Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable David K. Winder of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Prior to her appointment, Judge Pohlman was a partner at the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP in Salt Lake City. She practiced there for 19 years during which she maintained a complex civil litigation practice, including administrative, trial, and appellate work. She was a member of the Utah Supreme Court’s Ethics and Discipline Committee, during which time she acted as panel chair. She also served on the Utah Supreme Court’s Diversion Committee. Judge Pohlman currently sits on the Utah Courts Committee on Judicial Outreach. 8/16
JUDGE DAVID N. MORTENSEN
Judge David N. Mortensen was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2016 by Gov. Gary M. Herbert. Prior to his appointment, Judge Mortensen served as a trial judge in the Fourth District Court for almost ten years. He served multiple terms as the presiding judge and associate presiding judge of the Fourth District Court. Judge Mortensen graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1993, and was in private practice as a trial attorney before becoming a judge. Judge Mortensen previously served as a member of the Utah Judicial Council and as a member of the Board of District Court Judges. He also served on the Judicial Council Study Committee on Technology Brought into the Courtroom. In 2015 and 2016 Judge Mortensen received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar. He received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Government and Politics Legal Society of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Judge Mortensen is currently a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, a member of the Utah State Court’s Technology Committee, and on the Membership Council of the Utah Retirement System. He is a member of the A. Sherman Christensen Inn of Court. 3/17