Download Zipped Introduced WordPerfect HJR016.ZIP
[Status][Bill Documents][Fiscal Note][Bills Directory]

H.J.R. 16






Chief Sponsor: Kay L. McIff

Senate Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature expresses commendation and appreciation for
             11      the service of Chief Justice Christine M. Durham.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    expresses commendation and appreciation for the service of Chief Justice Christine
             15      M. Durham for the honor and distinction her service has brought to the state of
             16      Utah.
             17      Special Clauses:
             18          None
             20      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             21          WHEREAS:
             22          .    The Honorable Christine M. Durham, who will shortly complete her service as
             23      chief justice, has had a unique and distinguished judicial career which has
             24      served this state well and has paved the way for all women who now or may
             25      hereafter aspire to serve in the Utah Judiciary.
             26          .    In 1978, Justice Durham became the first woman appointed to Utah's District
             27      Court Bench. In 1982, she became the first woman appointed to the Utah

             28      Supreme Court. In 2002, she became the first woman selected by her fellow jurists to serve as
             29      chief justice -- a position which she has held longer than all but one of her predecessors.
             30          .    While serving as head of the Utah Supreme Court, Justice Durham has also
             31      chaired the Judicial Council governing all Utah Courts. Her thoughtful and
             32      evenhanded approach has endeared her to judges throughout Utah, and her
             33      pioneer ingenuity has resulted in creative solutions to budgetary challenges that
             34      have allowed Utah's courts to increase their level of public service,
             35      notwithstanding difficult economic times.
             36          .    Justice Durham's influence as a judicial leader has spread far beyond Utah's
             37      borders. She has served nationally as President of the Conference of Chief
             38      Justices of the several states, Chair of the National Center for State Courts
             39      Board of Directors, and as President of the National Association of Women
             40      Judges.
             41          .    In the field of judicial education, Chief Justice Durham has also been an
             42      exceptional leader. She was one of the founding members of the Leadership
             43      Institute in Judicial Education and has been recognized nationally for efforts to
             44      improve the administration of justice. Reflecting her extensive and far-reaching
             45      contributions, Justice Durham received the annual William H. Rehnquist Award
             46      for Judicial Excellence -- the highest honor bestowed on a single member of the
             47      judiciary of the fifty states and territories of the United States.
             48          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
             49          .    that the Legislature of the state of Utah, in recognition of a professional career
             50      filled with high personal achievement and distinguished service to the state of
             51      Utah and its citizenry, recognizes Chief Justice Christine M. Durham with this
             52      resolution of commendation and appreciation.
             53          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
             54          .    that a copy of this resolution be delivered to Chief Justice Christine M. Durham.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-23-12 9:18 AM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

[Bill Documents][Bills Directory]