Michele Christiansen Forster

Hon. Michele Christiansen Forster

Associate Presiding Judge, Utah Court of Appeals Judges

Judge Michele M. Christiansen Forster was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in June 2010 by Gov. Gary Herbert. Prior to her appointment, Judge Christiansen Forster had been serving as a Third District Court Judge since May 2007. Judge Christiansen Forster received her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1995. She then served as a judicial law clerk for one year with the Honorable Tena Campbell, United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah, following which she joined the Salt Lake law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. In March 1998, Judge Christiansen Forster joined the United State Attorney's Office, District of Utah, as an Assistant United States Attorney. In January 2005, she was appointed executive director of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and in July of 2006, Judge Christiansen Forster became general counsel to Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. During her tenure in the Governor's Office, Judge Christiansen Forster co-chaired the Utah Methamphetamine Joint Task Force and chaired the Utah Sexual Violence Council. She served as a member of the Guardian Ad Litem Oversight Panel, the Utah Sentencing Commission Executive Committee, the Utah Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council, the Governor's Violence Against Women and Families Cabinet Council, the Initiative on Utah Children in Foster Care, and the Access to Justice Council. Judge Christiansen Forster is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, currently serves as Co-chair of the Utah State Bar's Pro Bono Commission, on the Executive Board of Women Lawyers of Utah, on the Salt Lake County Bar Association Executive Committee, as a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Judicial Council's Ethics Advisory Committee, and is chair of the Judicial Council's Commissioner Conduct Committee. 8-18 


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