Paige Petersen

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Paige Petersen
Associate Justice of the Utah Supreme Court
Assumed office
December 2017
Appointed by Gary Herbert
Preceded by Christine Durham
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 45–46)
Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater University of Utah
Yale Law School

Paige Petersen (born 1972) is an American lawyer and judge, who is an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court.[1] She previously served as a Utah District Court judge from 2015 to 2017.

Education and early career[edit]

Petersen was born in Georgia in 1972, but grew up in Emery County, Utah.[2][3] She graduated from Carbon High School in Price, Utah.[3] She completed an associate degree at the College of Eastern Utah, and a bachelor's degree at the University of Utah in 1995, where she majored in political science and English.[4] Petersen was an intern at the White House in 1995-1996.[2] She completed her law degree at Yale Law School in 1999.[3]

Petersen clerked for federal judge Susan Dlott of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in 1999-2001, and was an associate attorney for the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City from 2001 to 2003.[4] She worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 2003 to 2008.[4] Petersen then spent two years in the Netherlands working as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.[2]

In 2012, Petersen moved back to Utah, and worked for the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Utah.[4]

Judicial career[edit]

The Governor of Utah Gary Herbert appointed Petersen as a state judge in March 2015, serving on the Utah District Court for the Third Judicial District, which covers three counties: Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele.[5]

In May 2017, Utah Supreme Court justice Christine Durham announced that she would retire in November 2017.[6] Utah's Judicial nominating commission announced seven possible candidates for the Supreme Court vacancy in September 2017, including Petersen, three other state judges, and three other lawyers.[7] Governor Herbert announced Petersen as his choice to replace Durham on October 31, 2017.[3] She was confirmed by the Utah State Senate on November 15, 2017.[8]

Petersen began her service as a justice of the Utah Supreme Court in December 2017.[1] Her current term ends on January 1, 2023, and she must stand in a retention election in 2022 in order to remain in office.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Judges' Biogrpahies: Supreme Court Justices". Utah Supreme Court. State of Utah. December 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Cornish, Rita (Spring 2016). "Judicial Profile: Judge Paige Petersen" (PDF). Bar & Bench. Salt Lake County Bar Association. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Manson, Pamela (October 31, 2017). "Gov. Herbert picks judge with 'great intellectual firepower' to fill Utah Supreme Court vacancy". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, UT. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Gov. Herbert appoints Paige Petersen to the Utah Supreme Court". Governor of Utah. State of Utah. October 31, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Paige Petersen nominated for 3rd District judgeship". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, UT. March 5, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Manson, Pamela (May 2, 2017). "Utah Supreme Court's first female judge retiring from the bench". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, UT. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Noble, Maria (September 23, 2017). "Commission nominates 7 people for Utah Supreme Court vacancy — and like the outgoing justice, the majority are women". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, UT. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Wieber, Aubrey (November 16, 2017). "Paige Petersen unanimously confirmed to join Utah Supreme Court". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, UT. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Methods of Judicial Selection: Utah". National Center for State Courts. National Center for State Courts. 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.