Michael J. Wilkins

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Michael J. Wilkins
Associate Chief Justice of the
Utah Supreme Court
In office
January 2000 – May 2010
Appointed by Michael Leavitt
Judge of the Utah Court of Appeals
In office
August 1994 – January 2000
Appointed by Michael Leavitt
Personal details
Born 1948
Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse(s) Judge Diane W. Wilkins
Alma mater University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, 1977 and University of Virginia Law School, 2001
Religion Latter-day Saint

Michael J. Wilkins (born 1948) is an American lawyer and judge.[1][2] He is a retired Justice of the Utah Supreme Court and current chairman of the Utah Independent Ethics Commission.[3][4]



B.S., University of Utah, 1975
J.D., S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 1977
LL.M., University of Virginia, 2001

Private Practice[edit]

From 1977 to 1994, Mike Wilkins practiced law in Salt Lake City.

Utah Court of Appeals[edit]

Michael J. Wilkins was appointed by Governor Mike Leavitt in August 1994 to the Utah Court of Appeals. And he served there until his appointment to the Supreme Court. Justice Wilkins served as presiding judge of the Court of Appeals.

Utah Supreme Court[edit]

Justice Wilkins was appointed in 2000 to the Supreme Court. He served as Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Justice Wilkins has been a member of the Judicial Council and has served as chair of the Judicial Council's Policy and Planning Committee, Legislative Liaison Committee, and Standing Committee on Technology. He has chaired the Supreme Court's Committee on Professionalism, and teaches as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Independent Ethics Commission[edit]

Justice Wilkins is a member of the Utah Legislature's Independent Ethics Commission. The five-member commission, established 2 July 2010, will handle ethics complaints against lawmakers that previously were dealt with by members of the Legislature.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Morgan, Emiley (15 May 2010). "Justice Michael Wilkins leaves high court bench still loving law". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. 
  2. ^ Pugsley, Stephanie (May–June 2010). "Justice Michael J. Wilkins & Judge Diane W. Wilkins A Case Study in Partnership & Service". Utah Bar Journal. 23 (3): 30–33. 
  3. ^ a b Roche, Lisa Riley (2 July 2010). "Former judges, lawmakers appointed to legislative ethics commission". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. 
  4. ^ Dougherty, Joseph (19 July 2010). "Utah Ethics Commission Convenes for first time". Deseret News. Salt Lake City.