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Chambers Staff
David Nuffer

Anndrea Sullivan-Bowers, Case Manager

Case Assignments
Law Clerk Cases ending with:
Marva Hicken 2, 4, 6 and 0 with preceding digit 2,4,6
Lori Lewis 1, 3, 5, and 0 with preceding digit 1,3,5
Michael Howell 7, 8, 9 and 0 with preceding digit 7,8,9

Please e-mail inquiries to 

If your question is on a specific case, please put the case name and number in the Subject line.  Your e-mail should show a copy sent to all counsel. 
Find lawyers' e-mail addresses at the Utah Bar, or by using the 'Mailing Info For a Case Utility' in CM/ECF (under Utilities).

Our goal is 1 working day response to all e-mail.

Contact Information, Practices & Procedures and Resources 

Contact Information

Motions Ready for Decision

Trial Information and Forms

Suggestions for Writing

Hearings On Motions

Professionalism & Civility

Civil Motions    Expedited Treatment

Changing Hearing Dates

Employment and Externships

Proposed Orders    Signature Line

Resources - FAQ, CLE, Technology, etc.

Contact Information:   

E-mail:  Our goal is same-day response. Please include case name and number in the email subject line, and show a copy sent simultaneously to all counsel.  Find lawyers' e-mail addresses at the Utah Bar or or using the Mailing Info For a Case Utility in CM/ECF.

Telephone:(801) 524-6150. 

We do our best to cover the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may be in court.  All counsel should conference together before calling the court.  Our phone system cannot conference.  Please help us avoid ex parte contact.

Mailing Address: 350 South Main, Room 235, Salt Lake City, UT  84101

Copies of correspondence between counsel should not be sent to the court.


Our regular courtroom is 230 on the north end of the second floor. Be sure to check the daily court calendar to verify which courtroom we are using.

Courtesy Copies:

While the local court rule suggests that all courtesy copies should be delivered through the clerk's office, there are frequently delays in delivery of such courtesy copies.  E-mail (to or direct delivery to chambers of a courtesy copy of any document filed in paper (including all sealed documents) is greatly appreciated and ensures that the we will receive the intended courtesy copy.  Electronic filers under CM/ECF can be assured that chambers receives the Notice of Electronic Filing for all unsealed documents and retrieves documents filed and served in that manner within 24-48 hours of filing.  


We do not accept material via fax. Please email to

Suggestions for Writing

Judge Nuffer's chambers staff all read materials in electronic format, so his Suggestions for Accessible Documents are very important. He also follows the recommendations of Bryan Garner for improved legal writing style (pdf document) by putting citations in footnotes and eliminating substantive footnotes.

Civil Motions:

Some civil motions will be decided without hearing, unless they are clearly case-dispositive or there is some extraordinary deficiency in the papers submitted.  At times, a  request for further information will issue, with or without a notice of hearing, to ensure the record is complete.  Courtesy copies of motion papers are greatly appreciated.  

If expedited treatment of a motion is desired, counsel should secure consent of counsel to an expedited schedule or move for an expedited schedule, submitting a proposed order for expedited treatment.  Orders for Expedited Treatment of Motion Sample 1   Sample 2   

In CM/ECF, be sure to specify that the motion seeks to Expedite, as well as seeks the relief sought.  (Control-click to select all applicable types of relief.)


Please contact the Case Manager at (801) 524-6150 regarding emergency motions.  The Case Manager will often direct that all counsel join in a telephone conference at a specified time, and/or may direct that an e-mail summary be provided.

Motions Ready for Decision:

We make every effort to track motions and attend to them when the prescribed periods of briefing have elapsed.  We may, however, not receive courtesy copies or we may simply err in tracking time periods, so please e-mail us if you are concerned about a possible oversight.  If parties agree to extend time for briefing, please notify the court.  And if no response or reply memorandum will be filed, a notice to that effect is appreciated.  

Hearings on Motions:

Judge Nuffer is usually prepared to pose specific questions to counsel at motion hearings, so counsel should not prepare for conventional argument or repeat contents of memoranda. PowerPoint presentations are usually disfavored because they are pre-determined and linear. If a PowerPoint presentation is proposed, please bring a print of the slides for the Judge to review and evaluate before the hearing. Counsel should be prepared to draft an order after the hearing and propose it to opposing counsel as provided in DUCivR 54-1.

Please review the suggestions in the PowerPoint document and PDF document entitled "Using Technology to Convince -- and Not Distract -- a Judge and Jury" and the PDF document "Creating the Best Transcript Possible" found on Judge Nuffer's Resources Page.

Judge Nuffer's courtroom 230 does not have a presentation system. Counsel are invited to provide and use one. The courtroom does have wireless internet access and Judge Nuffer can set up a web ex conference if all counsel have laptops in the courtroom connected to the internet. Advance setup for your laptop may be required. The web ex conference enables document presentation and sharing from any computer to all computers.

The court also has a Sharp Acquos PN-L702B-PKG2A portable smartboard and PC that can be scheduled for the courtroom by calling the Case Manager at (801) 524-6150.

Telephone and video hearings are available to avoid transportation expense. Arrangements must be made well in advance by calling the Case Manager at (801) 524-6150. Please consult the suggestions for "Creating the Best Transcript Possible"; found on Judge Nuffer's Resources Page.
It is possible to join a video hearing from a PC running free software. For video conferences, please consider using a headset. If you are using a conference system or PC with webcam, use PDF copies of exhibits on a computer to avoid rustling paper. Exhibits in PDF format must be provided in advance to remote witnesses and to the court.

Changing Hearing Dates:

Modifications to any hearing date should be stipulated, and requested by joint filing or e mail to or by phone call with all counsel on the phone, calling the Case Manager at (801) 524-6150.

Proposed Orders:  

At the time a motion is filed (and a .pdf copy of the order is attached to the motion -- see Administrative Procedures II. G.), or after a hearing on a motion after complying with DUCivR-54-1 or  DUCrimR 12(f), the moving party should submit the proposed order to the judge in a word processing editable format.  We prefer Microsoft Word format. Proposed orders should not be submitted in .pdf format.  The proposed order must be e-mailed to  If objections to the order are still unresolved, the party objecting should e-mail the objections and that party's proposed revision of the order.  All e-mails to the court must be copied to all counsel.

This Word template will result in an order in the form preferred by our chambers. The proposed order must refer to the docket entry number(s) for the motion(s) resolved, and should be in a form similar to these sample orders:  

Motion to Dismiss Order
Remand Order
Summary Judgment Order
Orders for Expedited Treatment of Motion  Sample 1   Sample 2   
Order Granting Motion to Amend  
Order Caption Document 

If you have any problem downloading these documents, try right clicking on the link and then "Save Target as."

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David Nuffer
United States District Judge

Trial Information and Forms   

Criminal Trial Order   Criminal Juror Questionnaire  Standard Criminal Jury Instructions
Civil Jury Trial Order    Civil Bench Trial Order    Civil Juror Questionnaire   Standard Civil Jury Instructions

Jury Selection Procedures   Courtroom Seating Chart

Deposition Designation Form

Professionalism and Civility

Attorneys are encouraged to subscribe to and observe the Utah Standards of Professionalism and Civility.


Judge Nuffer's staff all have career status, except for one term law clerk who was recently hired, so no employment applications are currently being considered. 

We welcome intern assistance at all times of the year. We have enjoyed full time or part time intern assistance. We limit intern positions to students who have completed their second year of law school. Please submit a letter, resume and writing sample to

Updated 01/03/2014

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