US Federal Judge Jill N. Parrish was assigned to the Recapture Canyon Protest case today August 31, 2015 after Judge Shelby stepped down last Friday.
“Judge Robert Shelby filed notice Friday that he has recused himself from the case in response to a motion in July from San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman’s legal team. The commissioner’s attorneys had asked Shelby to remove himself, claiming the judge is biased because of his friendship with an environmentalist.” KUTV
Judge Parrish was on the Utah Supreme Court until appointed as a US federal judge this year. The following biography comes from the Utah Supreme Court website and has been updated to reflect her nomination and admission to the federal bench in August of 2015.
JUDGE JILL N. PARRISH
Jill N. Parrish was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court by Governor Michael O. Leavitt in January of 2003. After receiving her law degree from the Yale Law School in 1985, Parrish completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable David K. Winder of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Thereafter, she joined the Salt Lake City law firm of Parr, Waddoups, Brown Gee & Loveless, where she focused her practice on commercial litigation. She became a shareholder in the firm in 1990. From 1995 until her appointment to the Supreme Court, Parrish served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, where she supervised the Financial Litigation Unit. Parrish was appointed to the federal bench as a judge of the Federal District of Utah and finally received her judicial commission on August 17, 2015.