Governor appoints Knight to the 3rd Judicial District

SALT LAKE CITY – (June 10, 2015) Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Elizabeth M. Knight to fill a vacancy as a juvenile court judge in the 3rd Judicial District.

“Ms. Knight’s extensive experience working with children and her dedication to working with and advocating for families and youth will serve the the 3rd Judicial District well,” said Gov. Herbert. “I am confident she will perform her new role with compassion and integrity.”

Knight has served as the director of the Office of Guardian ad Litem since 2013. In this role, she established policy and procedure for the management of a statewide Guardian ad Litem program. Previously, she served as the director of the Office of Administrative Hearings (2005-13) for the Department of Human Services and an administrative law judge for the Department of Human Services (2004-13). She has also taught sixth grade in two Granite School District elementary schools (2003-04).

“I am thrilled and honored to have been selected by Gov. Herbert to serve as a Juvenile Court Judge in the 3rd District,” said Knight. “I am committed to helping children and their families, and look forward to serving the citizens of the state of Utah in this capacity.”

Knight received her Master of Education from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. She is a member of the Utah Bar Association and the Family Law, Juvenile Law and Women Lawyers sections.

Subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate, Knight will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Christine S. Decker on Feb. 16, 2015.