Spotlight on Utah’s Newest Federal Court Judge David Nuffer
In June 2011, President Obama nominated Judge David Nuffer to serve as a United States District Judge for the District of Utah. In March 2012 the Senate voted 96-2 to confirm Nuffer. Fast forward to May 29, 2012 when a webcast of Nuffer’s swearing-in ceremony as Utah’s 16th federal judge streamed at Nuffer’s request. This would seem only too appropriate as Nuffer is recognized as a pioneer in court use of technology. Perhaps on the webcast viewers could even see his Steinway piano as a backdrop in the courtroom as his wife sung Sonata, Op. 16.
His experience started with receiving his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School, two decades of practice, part-time magistrate judge in 2005 and served as the state’s chief magistrate in 2009. He has acted as a legal expert in foreign countries, and from these experiences he “pledged to serve as a trustee of the freedoms that are expressed in and protected by the American judicial system.”
“We who work in this court in whatever capacity …have by virtue of our privilege to be here a duty to preserve and enhance these freedoms,” he said, adding that the largest task is equally resolving disputes, standing as the third, independent branch of government, and guaranteeing the Constitution has effect.
Utah Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, congressmen and Nuffer’s former associates were all in attendance.
Lee said that upon arriving in Washington, D.C., his first bit of business was to meet with the White House Counsel’s Office and explain “why the president could not find a better person to occupy this seat than Judge David Nuffer, who understands and respects, and has in the past the understood and respected … the necessary limited role of the federal judiciary.”
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