Governor Appoints Bernards-Goodman, McClellan as District Court Judges

SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Katherine Bernards-Goodman and Clark McClellan to the bench in the Third and Eighth Judicial Districts, respectively.

“Katherine Bernards-Goodman brings more than 20 years of experience as a prosecutor to the bench, and has been trusted with some of Salt Lake County’s most difficult cases,” the Governor said. “She has won the praise of her colleagues and the bar for her diligence, judgment and integrity.”

Ms. Bernards-Goodman is an Assistant Division Chief for the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office, where she supervises 15 attorneys and prosecutes drug and homicide cases. She is a member of the Interstate Compact Commission Committee and the Statewide Association of Prosecutors, and spent seven years a member of the State’s Drug Court Working Group.

“In addition to her impressive resume of trial appearances, Ms. Bernards-Goodman has participated in the drug and mental health courts,” the Governor said. “Her experience with these programs will be an enormous asset to the Third District Court.”

The Third Judicial District serves Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties. If confirmed, Ms. Bernards-Goodman will fill the vacancy created by the Governor’s appointment of Judge Stephen Roth to the Utah Court of Appeals.

Mr. McClellan currently practices with Allred & McClellan in Uintah County and also serves as the City Prosecutor for Vernal and Roosevelt cities. He has served as counsel for various governmental and quasi-governmental entities, such as the Uintah School District, and as a temporary Ute Indian Tribal Court Judge.

“As a native son of the Uintah Basin, Clark McClellan is familiar with the issues confronting the residents of the Eighth Judicial District,” Governor Herbert said. “He has litigated criminal, civil and domestic cases, and he has earned a reputation as a prepared, articulate and zealous advocate. I am confident that Mr. McClellan will become known as an intelligent, hard-working and fair-minded judge.”

The Eighth Judicial District serves Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah counties. Mr. McClellan has been appointed to replace Judge Lynn Payne, who will retire on July 2, 2010.

The Governor’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.