• Saint George |
  • Cedar City |
  • Mesquite

  • More
  • More
  • More
  • Governor Appoints Dame and Leavitt to 5th District Juvenile Court
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 05/09/14 - 04:47 PM | 5 5 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    5th District Juvenile Court Judge Paul Dame
    5th District Juvenile Court Judge Paul Dame
    slideshow
    5th District Juvenile Court Judge Michael Leavitt
    5th District Juvenile Court Judge Michael Leavitt
    slideshow
    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert appointed Paul Dame and Michael Leavitt to the 5th District Juvenile Court. The 5th District includes: Beaver, Iron and Washington Counties.

    “I am proud to appoint Paul and Michael and welcome them into this new position,” said the governor. “I have complete confidence they will uphold the highest principles of justice, kindness, civility and integrity as they serve on the 5th District Juvenile Court.”

    Paul Dame – Dame served as a Washington County Justice Court Judge in St. George from 2004 to 2014. There he handled misdemeanor criminal cases, felony and misdemeanor search warrants, and probable-cause-bail reviews. Between 1995 and 2004, Dame worked as the St. George city prosecutor and then as chief deputy Washington County prosecutor. Dame received his Juris Doctor in 1990, graduating cum laude from Brigham Young University.

    “It's an honor to be appointed. I'm grateful to Gov. Herbert and his staff,” said Dame. “I’m excited to work with the judges, attorneys and contributing agencies in the 5th District. I will work very hard, and I look forward to serving my community in this new capacity."

    Michael Leavitt – Leavitt served as an Attorney at Durham Jones & Pinegar from 2002 to 2014. There he practiced commercial and business litigation, property and domestic disputes, collections and representation of creditors in bankruptcy, among others. From 2004-06 Leavitt taught paralegal skills, including business law and ethics, at Dixie State College. He has also served as a member of the Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners, since 2012. Leavitt graduated from the University of Idaho, College of Law, with his Juris Doctor in 2002.

    “I am passionate about seeing families grow together, and young people grow up to become successful adults,” said Leavitt. “I am honored to be part of that process in the 5th District Juvenile Court, and grateful for Gov. Herbert’s confidence in me in this endeavor.”

    Dame fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Hans Chamberlain on May 1. Leavitt fills the vacancy created by the resignation, due to personal health concerns, of Judge Karla Staheli on Feb. 1. The governor’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate.

    Comments
    (5)
    Comments-icon Post a Comment
    Anderson59
    |
    May 10, 2014
    Chamberlain will be hard to replace. His ability to care and consider all aspects of a situation and make decisions based on the facts, legal rights and care for every individual in a matter made him an exceptional asset to the Juvenile Court System in St. George. It is a job that requires respect and integrity even to those accused. There can be no room for degradation or berating especially in a court room where people both innocent and accused can find help, healing and a fair process. Chamberlains shoes are big ones to fill. I hope his example will be reflected in the way newly appointed judges approach their respected position. There are many depending on them. Not a job to be taken lightly that's for sure.
    Suzanne000
    |
    May 12, 2014
    Oh sad! I don't get what they were thinkin! Were they thinking? Maybe the Utah Senate will have enough back bone to take a stand. I have known some to experience Dame in the court room. He was quite cruel to a young adult who could not read. Unacceptable! That might work in civil court but it sure won't work in Juvenile Court. There is no place for that kind of prejudice in a system where unique challenges arise all the time. Isn't it up the judge to be the first to be sensitive to that individuals circumstance? Neither is prepared or qualified to take on such a sensitive task as this will be.
    Daniel R.
    |
    May 12, 2014
    Does Utah support women judges at all? Just curious? Maybe someone knows the history on that. As someone newer to the area in the last six years, I have been a little taken back by the lack of support given to women with regard to political professional positions. Any female judges at all in the southern areas? Curious as to what others think. Why aren't more people talking about this?
    Shyennea
    |
    May 10, 2014
    What? They have no experience in family law or Juvenile Justice. I was actually really shocked considering the applicants they had to choose from. I wish politics did not get in the way of such decisions. The unfortunate part is the people will be at the mercy of those who take that important seat. I would not appoint a race car driver to fly a an airplane with lives at stake, hoping the crash course in flying it, will be enough to get the people to safe ground. I don't doubt their professionalism however, being interested in juvenile justice does not qualify the individual for the job.
    jordan555
    |
    May 11, 2014
    I agree completely. The juvenile court is so different than any other type of legal practice. How did the governor pass up the gal, the ag, and a prosecutor who used to be gal for two with no experience?
    Loading
    Submit an Event